Magazine article The Nation's Health

National Public Health Week Preparations Gearing Up Now

Magazine article The Nation's Health

National Public Health Week Preparations Gearing Up Now

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AS APRIL, and National Public Health Week, draws closer, excitement is growing and preparations are being made for the annual celebration of public health.

National Public Health Week, held April 4-10 this year, has been organized by APHA for nearly 20 years, bringing together public health practitioners, advocates, students and the public to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight the issues that are important to improving the nation's health. The week's events are an opportunity to raise awareness and educate communities about the importance of public health.

This year, National Public Health Week preparations focus around APHA's Generation Public Health campaign, a movement to get people of all ages involved in making the United States the healthiest nation. Though it spends the most on health care, by many measures, the U.S. is not the healthiest nation in many regards, including life expectancy. The theme "Healthiest Nation 2030" encourages all NPHW participants to help build the U.S. into the healthiest nation in one generation.

In a new twist this year, daily themes will not be announced in advance of NPHW. Rather, daily themes will be revealed each day of the week, with action items and tools to help public health advocates engage with cross-sector partners to get them involved in Generation Public Health, said Kimberly Moore Smith, MHSA, director of Affiliate Affairs at APHA.

"We're really using National Public Health Week as an opportunity to get folks more engaged in Generation Public Health, to expand on it and educate people about how important public health really is," Moore Smith told The Nation's Health. …

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