Therefore, the role of public health and health professionals has to expand to focus on improvement of living conditions since it creates a healthy community instead of focusing on provision of care for the sick.In the past, the health field has had a tremendous focus on the individual health.This paper will try to elucidate the emerging role of public health and health professionals in 2030 and beyond.
The paper reviews the past and current public health and health education initiatives and utilizes the information to help build on the future of public health and health education.
Since the health of the community is determined by the public health and the health professionals’ interaction, the paper aims at identifying how the future roles can be expanded.
Currently, the primary threats to public health include the impending threat posed by biological, chemical, and radiological terrorism, and natural calamities such as floods, fires, hurricanes, chemical spills, tornadoes, and accidents.
Also, there is the increased spread of infectious diseases, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, mental illness, substance abuse problem, rampant violence and environmental threats (CDC, 2005).
It is essential to appreciate that most people live in local communities hence the focus should be on them.
This creates the need for the agencies to connect with the community people served.
Healthy People 2020 initiative expanded the emphasis to focus on enhancing the social and physical environments of health (CDC, 2011).
The increase in the challenges towards achieving public health calls for the integration of prevention into the continuum of education as a way of trying to understand and improve health care.
The review shows that the role of public health and health education professionals has to shift from provision of care to prevention through the creation of healthy communities.
Based on the healthy people 2020, there is need to incorporate more goals into the healthy people 2030.