Public Health Protects and Improves Our Community
For 25 years, National Public Health Week has recognized the contributions of public health and highlighted issues that are important to improving our nation’s health. This year, National Public Health Week is being celebrated April 6–12, and we hope you’ll join us in looking back at public health’s successes, and moving forward to eliminating health disparities.
It’s public health workers who are tracking COVID-19 — and working to stop it from spreading. Every year, it’s public health workers who educate people about the flu and give out the flu vaccine. Public health workers set safety standards in the workplace to protect employees. They develop school nutrition programs to make sure kids have access to healthy food.
Public health affects nearly every part of our lives. It was public health that led to laws requiring the use of seatbelts, guidelines protecting clean air and water and laws against smoking in restaurants and bars.
But we know that making the U.S. the healthiest nation can’t be done in a week. That’s why we’re encouraging members of our community to learn more and take part in the All of Us Research Program, a historic effort to collect and study data from one million or more people living in the United States. The goal of the program is better health for all of us. Learn more at https://allofus.nih.gov/.
We hope you’ll join us to celebrate NPHW 2020 as we celebrate the power of prevention and preventive care, advocate for healthy and fair policies, educate our community about healthy behaviors and work to build a strong public health system across our country. Learn more at www.nphw.org/nphw-2020.