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Who is involved in health protection? 

Who is involved in health protection?
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Who is involved in health protection?
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Sam Ghebrehewet

and Alex G. Stewart

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198745471.003.0002
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date: 22 September 2017

Health protection encompasses a wide range of professionals, with a complex skill mix, in a wide variety of fields, across all domains of public health, and in every corner of the globe. Contributions to health protection functions and activities are not limited to those who practice health protection professionally. Protecting the nation’s health relies on involvement and meaningful engagement of the general public, professionals, media, politicians, and many other parties. This chapter describes how the health protection functions delivered by specialized professionals are complemented by the roles of other individuals and organizations, from the lowest operator to the highest strategist. It also sets out the different roles of the organizations and staff providing health protection functions for communicable disease control, emergency preparedness, resilience and response (EPRR), and environmental public health in the UK.

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