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National Public Health Week urges US to become healthiest nation by 2030
Communities nationwide to celebrate public health accomplishments, mobilize US to become an even healthier nation
Washington, D.C., April 2, 2015 – The American Public Health Association and hundreds of partners across the country are preparing for National Public Health Week next week, April 6-12, the annual observance to celebrate, educate and advocate on behalf of health issues affecting the nation.
As the United States lags peer countries in life expectancy, obesity, infant mortality, chronic disease and other health outcomes, this year’s theme, “Healthiest Nation 2030” will rally the public health community to make the U.S. the healthiest nation in one generation. This year’s NPHW also marks the 20th year that the American Public Health Association has organized the annual observance.
“We anticipate a week of robust engagement in communities across the country in celebration of public health and its contributions to our nation,” said Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA. “Particularly this year, as APHA builds a movement to improve health outcomes in the U.S. and address the underlying social determinants of health, we look to our National Public Health Week partners in helping emphasize the importance of prevention, advocating for public health funding and working to ensure that health is considered in all policy decisions.”
The week marks a number of national and local events in observance of National Public Health Week:
- National Public Health Week live webcast
NPHW will host a forum discussing existing opportunities and challenges to overcome to create the healthiest nation on April 6, 1-3 p.m. EDT. The event will feature APHA President Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH; and Vice President for Policy and Senior Advisor of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Gail Christopher, DN. The forum will be held at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C. and also made available virtually through a live webcast. Register by Friday, April 3, at 5 p.m. EDT to participate
- National Public Health Week Twitter chat
On Wednesday, April 8, @NPHW will host its 5th annual National Public Health Week Twitter chat, which will gather public health leaders, experts, organizations and advocates for a discussion covering topics, including prevention, nutrition and access to health care. This year’s robust conversation will be joined by ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser, CVSHealth, the American Medical Association and many more. Participants can follow the chat using the hashtag #NPHWchat
Each day of National Public Health Week highlights a different theme fostering understanding of current challenges in the nation’s health and ways to improve upon them. This year’s daily themes are:
- Monday, April 6: Raising the grade
- Tuesday, April 7: Starting from ZIP
- Wednesday, April 8: Building momentum
- Thursday, April 9: Building broader connections
- Friday, April 10: Building on 20 years of success
In 1995, former President Bill Clinton proclaimed the first full week of April as NPHW. Each year since then, the public health community has celebrated this observance by focusing on an issue that is important to improving the public's health. Find more on NPHW events taking place in your area.
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