National Public Health Week: For Science, For Action, For Health

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During the first week of April, communities across the US observe National Public Health Week to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health.

Every year, the American Public Health Association develops new materials to educate the public, policymakers, and practitioners about public health and prevention. The 2020 NPHW theme is “NPHW @ 25: Looking Back, Moving Forward”.

Each day of NPHW will focus on a public health topic. Use each topic to spark new conversations and engage new stakeholders in your community. Check out our daily themes for ways each of us can make a difference within each topic:

COVID-19 and the NPHW Daily Themes

  • Monday: Mental Health — advocate for and promote emotional well-being
  • Tuesday: Maternal and Child Health — ensure the health of mothers and babies throughout the lifespan
  • Wednesday: Violence Prevention — reduce personal and community violence to improve health
  • Thursday: Environmental Health — help protect and maintain a healthy planet
  • Friday: Education — advocate for quality education and schools
  • Saturday: Healthy Housing — ensure access to affordable and safe housing
  • Sunday: Economics — advocate for economic empowerment as the key to a healthy life

Then, explore the NPHW Toolkit to learn how you can promote conditions where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy. If your events have been cancelled due to COVID-19, check out these tips on ways to celebrate while social distancing.

Finally, RSVP to the official NPHW kickoff forum on April 6 at 12pm CT and Twitter chat on Wednesday, April 8 at 1pm CT to talk all things public health with the hashtag #NPHWchat.


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