NPHW 2021: Building COVID-19 Resilience

National Public Health Week winds down this weekend, but we still have more events and tools for you. Throughout the weekend, we’re focused on resilience.

Today, we’re Building COVID-19 Resilience and our Public Health Newswire post features a video of Carlos del Rio, a professor at Emory University Medical Center, discussing the importance of staying safe within our communities. As we enter a new phase of the pandemic, we remember the more than 550,000 lives lost in the U.S. We also look at the impact the virus has had on those who have survived: unemployment, food insecurity, housing instability and mental health issues are on the rise. Communities of color have been disproportionally affected by the pandemic. Resilience will require investment in public health, jobs, communities and individuals.

Check out our new APHA cookbook, Nourish Joy! Flip through, flag your favorite recipes and make sure you have all the ingredients to nourish your body and your spirit. And share APHA’s new infographics on COVID-19’s impact on housing instability and the health of the unsheltered to show how we can all help build resilience.

On Saturday, we focus on Uplifting Mental Health and Wellness. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as caring of your physical health. Mental health impacts all people. Physical activity, adequate diet, getting enough sleep, practicing gratitude, doing things you enjoy and finding coping mechanisms all improve mental health. AHPA is hosting two events Saturday to make you feel good. Join us for some joyful movement with a free Zumba class at noon ET and a vison board workshop at 3 p.m. ET to help visualize your goals.

Saturday’s Public Health Newswire post is a conversation with APHA Past President Lisa Carlson on how we can take care of ourselves and one another during the pandemic.

We wrap up NPHW on Sunday by Elevating Essential and Health Workforce. About three-quarters of all U.S. workers have jobs that are difficult or impossible to do from home – meaning most of us have been at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. Low-income workers have higher rates of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths. Millions of health care workers are not getting the supplies or pay they need during the pandemic. Where public health services are not being accessed, or where they’ve been cut, COVID-19 cases and deaths have increased. Funding a robust public health workforce supports strong programs to protect communities and help people get and stay healthy physically and mentally.

In Sunday’s Public Health Newswire post, Association of Public Health Laboratories CEO Scott Becker highlights the critical role of essential workers.

Join APHA at noon ET on Sunday for a free yoga class to center you and inspire you to keep moving even after the Keep It Moving Challenge is over! This is our final NPHW event this year – we hope it provides you with some relaxation and centering as you continue in your public health efforts throughout the year.

 

 

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