When I go out and speak, I often ask the audience if they know who their Public Health Director is. Many do not, which is shameful. EMS enjoys its role in public safety and recognizes its place in the house of medicine, but fails to realize it is an essential member of the public health camp. Prevention is better than cure every time so understanding the aims and objectives of the public health system is essential. The current Ebola crisis has reinforced the point that we are joined solidly to public health and we must interact often and well.