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Congressional resolutions recognize National Public Health Week, April 1-7
APHA applauds leaders in Congress for support of public health
Washington, D.C., March 18, 2013 — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (N.M.) and Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard (Calif.), Jim McGovern (Mass.) and Bill Cassidy (La.) introduced resolutions in Congress recognizing National Public Health Week and the importance of public health in ensuring safe, healthy communities.
“Thanks to the support of these leaders in Congress, this resolution reinforces the compelling case for a strong public health system, especially during difficult budgetary times,” said Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association. “Public health demonstrates a significant return on investment, and I applaud their support of National Public Health Week and of protecting the health of our communities.”
National Public Health Week, sponsored by APHA, will take place April 1-7. The week will mobilize hundreds of communities across the country in celebrating the contributions of a strong public health system in helping protect and improve our nation’s health.
"Investing in the well-being of families and communities will build a healthier workforce and reduce overall medical costs and spending," said Udall. "At a time when Congress needs to make smart budget decisions, we should remember that keeping people healthy is key to growing a stronger economy."
Joining Udall as original Senate co-sponsors were Sens. Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Ron Wyden (Ore.), Ben Cardin (Md.), John Tester (Mont.) and Richard Blumenthal (Conn.).
“By adequately supporting public health and prevention, the people of the United States can transform a health system focused on treating illness into a health system focused on preventing disease and promoting wellness. This not only leads to a healthier population, but also saves money as prevention is almost always cheaper than treatment,” said Roybal-Allard.
This year’s National Public Health Week theme is “Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money.” The week will highlight the value of evidence-based public health programs that result in healthier communities and reduced medical costs due to prevention.
“I’m very pleased to serve as co-chair of the House Study Group on Public Health and am proud to co-sponsor this important resolution,” McGovern said. “We must continue to raise awareness about the effectiveness of investing in our public health systems.”
"If an issue is not measured, it cannot be addressed,” said Cassidy. “Public health research allows us as legislators to craft smart and effective policies. I applaud the American Public Health Association for organizing National Public Health Week to raise awareness about important public health issues."
Benjamin recognized APHA’s many partners who help make National Public Health Week a success.
“We look forward to a week of events encouraging greater involvement in improving our nation’s health and greater awareness of public health issues,” Benjamin said.
For more about National Public Health Week, visit www.nphw.org. For more about APHA, visit www.apha.org.