An understanding of public health and its impact on the health of the nation is vital to anyone involved in implementing change in healthcare. The Healthy People Initiatives are the basis for change in an extraordinarily large segment of the healthcare population. These visions of public health are not simply an idea of the perfect health services, but are a very detailed plan of desired outcomes and the means to reach them. Availability of healthcare services to all segments of our population is an ethical obligation to anyone with a true vocation in healthcare. This article presents a brief overview of the Healthy People Initiative.
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