APHA celebrates National Public Health Week 2018

Date: Apr 02 2018

Contact: Megan Lowry, 202-777-3913 

Communities nationwide to celebrate public health accomplishments, take action on public health priorities

Washington, D.C., April 2, 2018 – Today the American Public Health Association and hundreds of partners across the country kicked off National Public Health Week, April 2-8, to celebrate and advocate for public health. Hundreds of events, conversations and activities planned for the week in every state will encourage and support communities to take action on public health priorities.

As U.S. life expectancy has declined two years in a row, this year’s theme, “Healthiest Nation 2030: Changing Our Future Together,” will rally communities and the nation to form new partnerships and prioritize prevention efforts and public health.

“The public health community and workforce has faced uncertainty, shrinking budgets and new challenges this year, but I’m excited this week to highlight the inspiring perseverance of public health efforts in every community across the country” said Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA. “Every April we look to our National Public Health Week partners to help us celebrate lives saved and changed by prevention efforts. This year is certainly no exception. Organizations and individuals from the surgeon general to community leaders are telling the success story of public health through events, celebrations and discussions. ”

In addition to National Public Health Week events hosted by partners, APHA will host the National Public Health Week Forum today from 1-3 p.m. ET in Washington, D.C. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, will deliver a keynote address. A panel discussion will follow. The event will be livestreamed and is open to the public. 

APHA will also host a National Public Health Week Twitter Chat on Wednesday, April 4, 2-3 p.m. ET. The chat will spark discussion on public health priorities ranging from health equity to climate change, education and mental health. APHA will be joined by federal agencies, leading nonprofits, APHA members and Affiliate leaders. Participants can follow the chat at #NPHWChat.  

APHA’s 1 Billion Steps Challenge, a national walking and moving competition that concludes during National Public Health Week, reached its goal of 1 billion steps in March with weeks to spare. Hundreds of teams tracked their steps from January through April, inspiring communities across the country to encourage walking, rolling and moving.

Each day during National Public Health Week will focus on a different daily theme, starting with behavioral health on Monday and ending with ensuring the right to health on Friday. Public health experts will discuss the themes in detail on APHA’s Public Health Newswire throughout the week.

To learn more about National Public Health Week events happening in your area, visit our calendar.


APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the public health profession. We speak out for public health issues and policies backed by science. We are the only organization that influences federal policy, has a nearly 150-year perspective and brings together members from all fields of public health. Visit us at www.apha.org.