The Columbus Public Health Campaign

Informed patients, making smarter choices

Get Active In Your Own Healthcare – It Leads to Better Health

You can improve your care or the care of a loved one by taking a more active role, learning about your options, talking to your doctor, and asking questions.

Research shows that patients who have a good relationship with their healthcare providers receive better care and are happier with the care they receive. Find the tools you need to help you do just that.

Columbus Public Health has partnered with Consumer Reports to bring you Consumer Health Choices. Consumer Reports’ Choosing Wisely campaign provides tools and resources to help you talk about your care options with your doctor so that you can get the right care at the right time.

Columbus Public Health is focused on prevention and wants to help you learn more about how to get the information you need, ask questions, and make informed choices. Included in this site are areas that relate to preventive health and public health issues. More information about the overuse of medical tests and procedures is available through Consumer Reports.

For more information on this campaign, contact [email protected]


Antibiotics have saved millions of lives. But in the future they might not work, because all of us — patients and doctors — are using too many antibiotics.

The materials here explain when you need antibiotics – and when you don’t.

How to keep antibiotics working
Antibiotics: 5 Questions To Ask Your Doctor
Antibiotics: When You Need Them and When You Don’t

Money Saving Guides

These guides help you make better use of the money you spend on medicines.

Each PDF file may be read here, printed or downloaded to the user’s own device.


Understanding prescription drug labels

Drug labels from Consumer Health Choices.

Your Health

Your Health: Fact Not Fiction

How can you become a smarter patient — and live longer? These guidelines for high value care and better health are meant to help you be an engaged patient and understand when tests and treatments are necessary — and when they aren’t.