Top Public Health Accomplishments (1900-1999)
Control of infectious diseases
Decline in deaths from CHD
Safer and healthier foods
Healthier mothers and babies
Flouridation of drinking water
Recognition of tobacco as a health hazard
Since 1900, the average lifespan of persons in the United States has increased by more than 30 years. An estimated 25 years are attributed to improvements in public health. The selection of the top accomplishments were based on potential impact but are not ranked in order of importance.
Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, April 02, 1999
Many factors have contributed to improved health and increased lifespans for Americans in this century. This list compiled in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (April 02, 1999) describes the top accomplishments that had the greatest impact on these improvements. They are not, however, listed in order of importance.
Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, April, 1999.