Essentials for Health Protection: Four Key Components

ISBN : 9780198835479

Emily Chan
264 Pages
171 x 171 mm
Pub date
Dec 2019
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The aim of health protection is to prevent and manage outbreaks of communicable and environmental diseases, and to make us better at responding to emergencies and disasters. This includes working with diseases and injuries from environmental hazard exposures and climate change. Essentials for Health Protection: Four Key Components is a guide to the reality of the field, and a discussion of how we can improve our present and future. Based on public health theories and illustrated by relevant examples, this book is founded on the experience gained from the long-established CCOUC Ethnic Minority Health Project in China. It covers the four key areas identified by the Commonwealth Secretariat in its 'Health Protection Policy Toolkit'; climate change adaptation and mitigation, communicable disease control, emergency preparedness, and environmental health. With the aim to strengthen regional, subnational, national and global health protection, it also looks at health impact assessment in these areas. Discussing the health protection spectrum from mitigation, interventions and response, this book is a current and comprehensive guide to the field. Looking forwards, it discusses the latest controversies and dynamics and how they might change the reality of health protection practices and development. Essentials for Health Protection: Four Key Components is the ideal introductory to intermediate level textbook and reference book for healthcare professionals, fieldworkers, volunteers and students who are interested in promoting health and emergency and disaster risk reduction.


1 Introduction
2 Core Principles of Public Health in Health Protection Practices
3 Climate Change and Health
4 Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response
5 Communicable Disease and Control
6 Environmental Health
7 Planetary Health and Sustainability
8 Challenges and Opportunities of Health Protection in the Twenty-First Centuries
9 Conclusion

About the author: 

Emily Ying Yang Chan, MBBS (HKU), BS (Johns Hopkins), SM PIH (Harvard), MD (CUHK), DFM (HKCFP), FFPH, FHKAM (Community Medicine), FHKCCM, serves as Professor and Assistant Dean (Global Engagement) at Faculty of Medicine, and Head of Division of Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine and Associate Director (External Affairs and Collaboration) at JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Her research interests include disaster and humanitarian medicine, climate change and health, global and planetary health, Human Health Security and Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (Health-EDRM), remote rural health, implementation and translational science, ethnic minority health, injury and violence epidemiology, and primary care.

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