Ten Great Public Health Achievements

Public health is credited with adding 25 years to the life expectancy of people in the United States in this century. Yet, ask the average person what public health is and their reply might be limited to: “healthcare for low-income families.” In honor of Public Health Week, we’d like to share the CDC’s list of Ten Great Public Health Achievements in the 20th Century, which was created to remind us of how far we’ve come, how we got here, and exactly what public health is: the active protection of our nation’s health and safety, credible information to enhance health decisions, and partnerships with local minorities and organizations to promote good health.

Click the links below to learn about each Public Health Achievement:

1) Immunizations

2) Healthier Moms & Babies

3) Motor Vehicle Safety

4) Family Planning

5) Workplace Safety

6) Fluoridation of Drinking Water

7) Control of Infectious Diseases

8) Tobacco as a Health Hazard

9) Declines in Deaths from Heart Disease and Stroke

10) Safer & Healthier Foods