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Book and Media Reviews
March 1, 2006

Public Health, Policy

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;295(9):1067-1072. doi:10.1001/jama.295.9.1067-a

Reinventing Public Health is more than an introductory text in public health. Lu Ann Aday and the authors of contributed chapters present a conceptual framework focused on broad determinants of population health, not specific services that characterize public health. The goal of policies and programs, says Aday, is “enhancing the human capacities and productive potential of individuals throughout their lives” (p 8). Traditional public health efforts (eg, epidemiology, regulatory policy, assuring access) are essential but are not sufficient to assure the health of the population. Policy domains other than health affect population health and are the subjects of the collections of essays in this book: sustainable development (environmentally sensitive economic development), human development, economic development, and community development.