There are two APHA programs that you may contribute to online. The first program is Get Ready, the second is National Public Health Week.
Launched in 2006, APHA's Get Ready campaign helps Americans prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including pandemic flu, infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies.
Major highlights of the campaign include a national Get Ready Day, held the third Tuesday of each September; Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks, which encourages people to check their emergency stockpiles when they change their clocks for daylight saving time; and the Get Ready Scholarship.
The campaign includes free resources for the public and health workers, including fact sheets, a blog, a Twitter, podcasts, Q&As and a calendar of events. We encourage you to visit Get Ready’s site to download free materials for use at health fairs or community events, or to simply find information to help you and your loved ones get more prepared.
National Public Health Week
Since 1995, communities across the country have celebrated National Public Health Week (NPHW) during the first full week of April to highlight issues that are important to improving the public’s health.
APHA serves as the organizer of NPHW and develops a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers and practitioners about the contributions of public health and issues related to each year’s theme. APHA creates comprehensive planning, organizing and outreach materials that can be used during and after the week to raise awareness.
With nearly 1 million Americans dying every year from diseases that could be prevented, even small preventive changes and community initiatives can make a big difference in living healthier lives. National Public Health Week 2012 (NPHW) will build upon the National Prevention Strategies to create a healthier nation by promoting healthy behaviors in the following areas:
- Active Living and Healthy Eating
- Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
- Communicable Diseases
- Reproductive and Sexual Health
- Mental and Emotional Well-Being