Public Health Professionals

Public health professionals try to prevent problems such as disease, injury, and violence, from happening or recurring through implementing educational programs, recommending policies, administering services, and conducting research. They provide a variety of services in many different settings. Depending on the role they play, they may contribute to preventing and identifying human trafficking in a variety of ways, some more obvious than others, including:

  • Health safety inspectors identifying potential indicators of trafficking in businesses or homes
  • Community health workers noticing the spread of disease and infection among at-risk populations
  • Researchers identifying methods for preventing trafficking that have worked in other communities
  • Incidence of trafficking and surveillance

For more information, check out the following organizations and resources:

More Public Health-Specific Resources:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018). The public health system and the 10 essential public health services. 
  • Centers for Disease Control Prevention. (n.d.). The Public Health Approach to Violence Prevention. Retrieved April 17, 2020, from
  • Office on Trafficking in Persons. (2016). The power of framing human trafficking as a public health issue. Retrieved February 11, 2020, from 

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