Carroll County Health Unit
What is public health? One definition – from a 1988 report by the Institute of Medicine’s “The Future of Public Health” – is this: “Public health is the science and the art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and organizing community efforts to do the following: keep the environment clean, control communicable infections, educate individuals in personal hygiene (like hand washing for example), organize medical and nursing services for the early diagnosis and treatment of disease, and develop the social machinery to ensure everyone a healthy standard of living.”
To say that another way, public health is everything the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) does to protect and improve the health and well-being of all Arkansans – more than 100 services provided statewide by public health professionals to assure that your water is safe, your children have their immunizations, your restaurants are safe and your birth certificate is correct – to name just a few.
The ADH is a unified health department, with a main office in Little Rock and 94 local health units in each of the state’s 75 counties.
- Community Services: Hometown Health Improvement and Public Health Preparedness
- Environmental Health: Food Protection, Water Sampling, Rabies, Septic Tanks, Swimming Pools
- Immunizations: Children, Adolescents & Adults
- WIC: Nutrition Counseling & Breastfeeding Support
- Pregnancy Testing; HIV/STD Testing and Treatment; BreastCare; TB Treatment; Vital Records