The word ‘health’ may be a short, simple word but it can be rather complicated and complex

It often encompasses a wide range of issues to an individual’s overall well-being from minor concerns to life-threatening circumstances. When speaking of health, one could be referring to the physical, mental, or social health of a person, a community, or a nation.

That is why many modern countries have worked to address the health issues of their people for the good of their nation. Many have developed their own public health department to address and promote healthy lifestyles, education, and the resistance of illness and disease. Their efforts have been key to the overall improvement for their people and the world at large.

Most of the health departments around the world deal with the same issues.

They include but are not limited to the following:

  • The prevention and treatment of disease.
  • Research of health conditions.
  • Program promotions (handwashing, breastfeeding, vaccinations, and safe sex).
  • Public health education.
  • Monitoring current health situations and solutions.
  • Implementing health department standards.

We all know that a department of health has been a long time source of information and statistics regarding public safety but have you ever considered that your local health department to be a resource for your health and that of your family? In this age of technology, it is easier than ever to tap into the resources that your public health department has with regard to the health of men and women.

A department of health typically has subdivisions that work to address women’s health issues at every level of government: city, state, and national. If you are a U.S. resident, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a subdivision called the Office on Women’s Health (OWH). They offer two award-winning websites for women to access informative, reliable, and accurate information on women’s health and public health in general. (Womenshealth.gov and CouldIHaveLupus.gov)

With over 800 topics to choose from, OWH endeavors to reach all interests related to women’s health, public health education, and disease prevention.

Womenshealth.gov discusses these top women’s health issues:

  • Body Image.
  • Breast Cancer.
  • Breast Feeding.
  • Emergency Preparedness.
  • Fitness and Nutrition.
  • Healthy Aging.
  • Heart Health and Stroke.
  • HIV/AIDS.
  • Illnesses and Disabilities.
  • Lupus.
  • Menopause.
  • Mental Health.
  • Minority Women’s Health.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Screening Tests and Vaccines.
  • Smoking and How to Quit.
  • Statistics.
  • Violence Against Women.

If you are interested in finding out more information from the OWH division of the U.S. Department of Public Health and Human Services, contact their toll-free number, 888-220-5446. Their department of health specialists will be able to address your concerns in a clear, concise manner with the most up-to-date information in English and Spanish. You can also access thousands of public health publications, online journals, and dictionaries as well as daily news on women’s health.

Because lupus is an on-going concern for many women, The Could I Have Lupus? the website works to heighten awareness for those who may be suffering from lupus symptoms. Here women can find support and answers.

Not to worry men, as womenshealth.gov has an entire section devoted to men’s health. Simply click onto womenshealth.gov and go to their “From A to Z” page. You will find the concerns for men’s health listed.

Department of health topics include:

  • Aging.
  • Cancer.
  • Healthy Lifestyle Choices (diet and exercise tips).
  • Heart Disease and Stroke.
  • Mental Health (Psychiatry and Psychology).
  • Sexual and Reproductive Issues.
  • Depression and Suicide.
  • Urinary Health.
  • Violence Prevention.

Public health is a concern for all of us, whether we are male or female, and it is important to know where you can go for answers. If you are living outside of the U.S.,  your local department of health for the most current local news and access to treatments for health issues concerning you and your loved ones.

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