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Episode #320 Understanding Public Health Versus Healthcare

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As many have noticed, there is an ongoing need to explain public health to the general public.

Dr. Huntley hosts a monthly roundtable discussing a variety of public health topics. During this episode, specialists LaShonda Richardson, Andrea L. Lowe, and Ericka Horne join Dr. Charlotte Hughes Huntley to share how they answer this question. To help distinguish the field of public health from other areas, the conversation centers around how public health differs from the healthcare field. Each guest shares her approach to answering this question in plain language, along with key similarities, values, and goals that each has in common with the other. Join us for an empowering public health roundtable equipping you to understand how these two fields interact with the common goal of creating health for all. Thanks for listening!


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Conversation Highlights


  • The distinction between public health and healthcare

  • Simple analogy in health care and public health

  • Each of our panel explains how public health is different from healthcare

  • How healthcare is individualistic and healthcare is expansive

  • Collaboration between healthcare providers, and public health professionals to ensure the well-being of individuals and communities

  • How public health emphasizes prevention, aiming to avert illnesses and improve overall health at a population level

  • How healthcare and public health share the common goal for the community to be healthy

  • The importance of educating communities and individuals to make informed decisions, emphasizing the role of public health in providing resources and information.


“Looking at public health and healthcare, even though they're kind of separate mindsets and separate approaches and separate roles and responsibilities, that is still part of a larger system and that they still need to be able to intertwine and work together.” - Andrea Lowe

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