It’s National Public Health Week!

by Claire Vernon, PhD, former NPHR editor

This week is National Public Health Week (NPHW, April 3-9), an initiative organized by the American Public Health Association (APHA). NPHW is an opportunity to “recognize the contributions of public health and highlight the issues that are important to improving our nation”[3]. Improving our nation’s health is a multifaceted challenge, and NPHW calls attention to several key goals on their fact sheet page:

  • Build healthy, safe communities.
  • Increase youth education.
  • Increase economic mobility.
  • Achieve social justice and health equity.
  • Ensure access to safe, healthy food.
  • Make the healthy choice the easy choice.
  • Provide quality health care for everyone.
  • Strengthen public health infrastructure.
  • Preparing for the health effects of climate change.

This final goal complements the APHA recognizing 2017 as the Year of Climate Change and Health. Climate change poses a serious threat to human health, and tackling such a threat requires both prioritizing cleaner energy sources and preparing to withstand the changes that are already occurring. Join the conversation online by following #ClimateChangesHealth or checking out the #ClimateChangesHealth Event   on April 6th.

Get more involved in NPHW by joining in APHA’s 1 Billion Steps Challenge[8] or finding an event near you.

[1] National Public Health Week. http://www.nphw.org/. Accessed April 4, 2017.

[2] American Public Health Association. https://www.apha.org/. Accessed April 4, 2017.

[3] National Public Health Week. About NPHW. http://www.nphw.org/about-nphw. Accessed April 4, 2017.

[4] National Public Health Week. NPHW Facts. http://www.nphw.org/fact-sheets. Accessed April 4, 2017.

[5] National Public Health Week. NPHW Facts, Preparing for the Health Effects of Climate Change. http://www.nphw.org/fact-sheets/climate-change. Accessed April 4, 2017.

[6] American Public Health Association. Topics and Issues, Climate Change. https://www.apha.org/topics-and-issues/climate-change Accessed April 4, 2017.

[7] National Public Health Week. Events, #ClimateChangesHealth. http://www.nphw.org/events/gwu-event. Accessed April 4, 2017.

[8] National Public Health Week. Get Involved, Steps Challenge. http://www.nphw.org/get-involved/steps-challenge. Accessed April 4, 2017.

[9] National Public Health Week. Events. http://www.nphw.org/events. Accessed April 4, 2017.

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