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Health Planning

F. Douglas Scutchfield, Alex F. Howard and Robert M. Shapiro

in Public Health

ISBN: 9780199756797
Published online February 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199756797-0041
Health Planning

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Health planning represents the first step in an orderly process to accomplish the things necessary to improve the health status of individuals and populations. The planning and evaluation cycle, however it is structured, allows us to be successful in identifying and solving health problems. Efforts to understand health problems and approach their solutions in an orderly fashion are fundamental to successful disease control and prevention. This is the basis and key to health planning. The ability to undertake a thoughtful consideration of problems, work to identify solutions, and measure success or failure, whether for midcourse correction of programs or for evaluating their success, is important to our efforts to create healthy communities. This bibliography examines some of the most important and salient features of health planning to help readers understand and use the tools of health planning to their advantage. As a wag has suggested, “If you don’t know where you are going, then any road works.” This bibliography attempts to provide the road map that assures success.

Article.  4457 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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