Public health advocates are those who promote the prevention of disease and injury through the promotion of good nutrition, safe environments, and access to quality healthcare. They also work to ensure that individuals and communities have the resources they need to live healthier lives.
Public health advocates play a vital role in ensuring that everyone has access to the information, tools, and services needed to stay healthy. Their work helps prevent diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other chronic illnesses.
The American Cancer Society estimates that over 1 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year. In addition, more than 550,000 Americans will die from it. That’s why public health advocates work hard to raise awareness about how to reduce your risk for developing cancer or catching it early if you already have it.
In addition to preventing cancer, public health advocates help make sure that all people have access to affordable, high-quality medical care when they do get sick. They also work to improve the safety of our food supply, water systems, workplaces, homes, schools, and neighborhoods.
In short, public health advocates are on the front lines of fighting against many of the causes of illness and death in America today.