The Wilbur D. May Museum at Rancho San Rafael has a wide range of historic artifacts
The Wilbur D. May Museum at Rancho San Rafael has a wide range of historic artifacts

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MISSION: Develop and integrate public health data available to the Washoe County District Health Department to better support the core functions of public health: assessment, policy development and assurance.

GOALS:

· Quantification of Disease and Injury Burden in Our Community

Through use of all available data sources within and outside the Health Department, we will continually monitor morbidity and mortality for infectious, chronic and environmental disease and injury. By evaluating the relative importance, susceptible populations, and temporal trends of these health problems, using data obtained preferentially from our community, we aim to better understand and establish priorities for action and research.

· Development, Prioritization and Evaluation of Programs and Policy

By using objective and systematic methods (evidence-based) integrated with the realities of the Health Department and broader environments we will inform the Health Department on the effectiveness of current and future approaches to improving the publics' health.

· Public Health Preparedness and Response

Through education, surveillance and emergency response capability for public health emergencies, be they naturally occurring or clandestine, we aim to support the Health Department in successfully responding to any and all situations.

· Health Department Data and Epidemiological Resource

Through our knowledge of, familiarity with and accessibility to local community health data, we aim to provide a service to all internal customers in the Health Department of assistance with data collection, analysis and interpretation. We also aim to provide a service to external customers (e.g. public or private agencies, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, and the general public) to provide relevant data and analysis to assist them in their endeavors.

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