The authors surveyed the local health officers (LHOs) of 436 northeastern and midwestern cities about their priorities for promoting health through prevention. LHOs of the most economically stressed cities identified the following as the five most important public health prevention goals that are amenable to intervention: reducing the incidence of HIV infection and AIDS, improving maternal and infant health, controlling sexually transmitted diseases, reducing violent and abusive behavior, and immunizing against infectious diseases. Their judgments were almost identical to those of LHOs of the least economically stressed cities and of a sample of African American political and public health leaders. LHOs of the most stressed cities were more pessimistic than their counterparts about achieving the objectives. The results of this survey can be used by federal, state, and local governments as well as private organizations as a guide for allocating scarce resources.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Journal of health care for the poor and underserved|
|State||Published - 1995|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health