National Public Health Week toolkit

Everything you need to help promote a healthy U.S. is now one click away, thanks to the 2015 National Public Health Week toolkit.

Organized by APHA, National Public Health Week, or NPHW, will bring together communities across the country from April 6-12 to recognize public health contributions and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health. This year’s theme, “Healthiest Nation 2030,” defines one central challenge for Americans: to make the U.S. the healthiest nation in one generation — that is, within the next 15 years.

The toolkit explains how we can get there. Changes that must be made within the U.S. health system to become the healthiest nation are included in the five NPHW daily themes, including:

  • Monday, April 6: Raising the Grade: which demonstrates how the U.S. is unhealthy, such as its low life expectancy and other measures of good health compared to other nations across all ages and income levels;
  • Tuesday, April 7: Starting from Zip: which examines local, state and regional health disparities, and how the Affordable Care Act is helping eliminate them;
  • Wednesday, April 8: Building Momentum: which highlights the roles of an eclectic group of leaders in creating the healthiest nation, such as recent actions by CVS, America’s major food and beverage companies, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Planning Association and first lady Michelle Obama;
  • Thursday, April 9: Building Broader Connections: which looks at creating and expanding partnerships with non-traditional public health partners, including city planners, education officials, public, private and for-profit organizations; and
  • Friday, April 10: Building on 20 Years of Success: which celebrates the 20th anniversary of APHA’s coordination of National Public Health Week, significant accomplishments since then and draws conclusions on what it will take to reach APHA’s “healthiest nation” goal.

Please join NPHW in any number of ways. You can host or attend an event during the week, organize activities on your campus or help promote NPHW in your community.

 

Source: Public Health Newswire, Jan 28, 2015

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