The Future Of The Public’s Health: Vision, Values, And Strategies

Gostin, L.O., Boufford, J.I. & Martinez, R.
Health Affairs, Vol. 23, Issue 4, 96-107.

The expansive vision of modern public health, "healthy people in healthy communities," is politically charged. This paper offers a justification for this broad vision and offers concrete proposals. By pointing to the poor condition of public health agencies; urging a transition to an intersectoral public health system; promoting the adoption of bold changes in U.S. physical, social, and economic conditions; and endorsing a values shift to a commitment to collective interest in healthier communities, we hope to take a dramatic step toward achieving these aspirations for "healthy people in healthy communities."