In 1999, Texas became the first state to codify into law 10 essential public health services to provide a working definition for local public health systems. This listing was originally created by a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention steering committee, working with representatives of U.S. Public Health Service agencies and other major national public health organizations. Tarrant County Public Health adopted these 10 essential public health services as departmental goals and conducts many activities that address these services:
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