Creating a healthy community depends on three key factors – the adoption of healthy behaviors by county residents, the availability and quality of the health care services that those residents receive, and the physical environment in which those individuals live, work and play. The County plays an important role in all three aspects. It educates and encourages residents to follow practices that lead to better health. It also provides direct care to many residents – at its facilities and through contracts with other organizations. Finally, Fulton County has a responsibility to deliver safe drinking water and wastewater services, ensure that residences and businesses are maintained in a manner that does not compromise public health, and monitor food establishments to make sure that they are operated consistent with healthy practices.