The history of Public Health can be traced back all the way to ancient times. Public Health has been a topic everyone knows even just a little bit about without even trying. According to John H. Bryant and Philip Rhodes, “Public Health, the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting physical and mental health, sanitation, personal hygiene, control of infectious diseases, and organization of health services” (Bryant, Rhodes. 2017). Public Health serves to better the lives of those who live currently. It is an essential part of having a growing community and world. If Public Health were not an essential part of life everyone would be walking around promoting illness and diseases.
I started taking health classes when I first entered Elementary School in 2001…wow 16 years ago, time flies when you’re having fun, right? Well anyway, health has always sparked my interest since I began learning about it, when I got to be in the fifth grade reality struck my world as one of my close friends got diagnosed with cancer. This crumbled my world as being a fifth grader I had
never been exposed to cancer before. I can remember trying to figure out everything that was going on with Meghan and just trying to figure out how I could help however there was nothing personally I could do. In sixth grade, I lost Meghan to cancer however she one hundred percent won her fight. I can relate this to the first time I truly knew my calling was going to be health care. As time went on I was exposed to more health issues in my friends, a massive stroke in a close friend, LaFora Epilepsy in two of my friends which unfortunately led to
their passing. Being exposed to all these unfortunate circumstances throughout my childhood and early adulthood, I knew Nursing was for me. Even if I could not health everyone I could leave a lasting impact on my patients with the care I could provide to them.
Public Health initiative is majorly in the world and all over social media. In my own PLN I follow many different accounts that have to do with Public Health, like Mass. Public Health, the CDC, Boston Public Health there are many more accounts all over twitter that relate to Public Health. If this is something that interests you, type in the twitter search bar ‘Public Health’ and many different accounts will arise.
Rhodes, P., & Bryant, J. H. (2017, January 04). Public health. Retrieved October 30, 2017, from https://www.britannica.com/topic/public-health