2009 National Public Health Week

For more than a decade, communities around the country have celebrated National Public Health Week (NPHW) each April to help protect and improve our nation’s health. This year, as we face the inauguration of newly elected officials and with the nation’s attention directed toward health reform, NPHW 2009 will focus on the role public health must play in improving our nation’s health system.

The NPHW 2009 theme is "Building the Foundation for a Healthy America." Our goal is to raise awareness nationally and locally of public health’s critical role in ensuring a healthy America.

Despite our best efforts, Americans are not as healthy as they should be. Although we spend more on health care than any other country, the health system is failing and our nation is falling behind in many important measures of what it means to be healthy. We have reached a point where we must examine our health system and the foundation upon which it stands.

We have the potential to greatly improve our population’s health in the future. By recommitting ourselves to support our nation’s public health system, we can build on the successes of the past and establish the solid foundation needed for a healthy nation.

Join us in celebrating National Public Health Week 2009 and supporting public health efforts aimed at "Building the Foundation for a Healthy America.

    Archive -- 2009 NPHW Website

  Archived -- 2009 NPHW Website