An effective communicator uses the same facts but frames each messages differently depending on who the target audience is. Use these fact sheets as is—or mix and match language from the different fact sheets—to describe the role of a local health department when communicating with policymakers, community groups, the media, and the general public, as appropriate.
Fact Sheet - General Public
This fact sheet provides a general overview of the functions of a local health department. The messages convey a sense of the vitality and versatility of local health departments and how powerfully local health departments relates to people's lives. Most of the “Ten Essential Services” from the Operational Definition are referenced. This fact sheet was focus group-tested with the general public. This sample includes an example from Marquette County, Michigan and illustrates how a local health department serves that particular community. Use this sample as a guide to create your own examples. Download »
Fact Sheet - Technical
This fact sheet offers the most specific definition of the role of local public health and provides a fairly comprehensive illustration of the diverse functions a local health department performs. It is also most closely aligned with the Ten Essential Public Health Services from the Operational Definition. This fact sheet was survey-tested with a group of individuals representing various facets of governmental public health, such as LHDs, state health agencies, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Download »
Fact Sheet - Policymakers
This fact sheet uses short phrases and specific examples to provide an overview of local public health to policymakers. The messages are focused on results and outcomes. They positions local health departments as a worthwhile investment both for the services it provides and for their expertise and advice. The fact sheet was survey-tested among a group of policymakers. Download »
How to Use Fact Sheets
When talking with policymakers, community groups, the media, and the general public about local public health, there are a few important things to remember:
When talking to policymakers, community groups, the media, and the general public, there are a few important things to do:
The Operational Definition project is the source for the information contained in the fact sheets. The Operational Definition provides clear and concise ways to define local public health to a variety of audiences. While the fact sheets generally describe what local public health does, the Operational Definition describes what each person can reasonably expect its local health department to provide.