NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK
During the first full week in April, National Public Health Week encourages people to become a part of a growing movement to create a healthy nation. The observance recognizes the contributions of public health and highlights issues that are important to improving the health of the nation.
Public health is an integral part of a community or neighborhood. It’s also a part of our greater world. Public health identifies areas of need, promotes health practices, and supports healthy lifestyles. The week focuses on prevention and reducing unhealthy activities. Communities across the country publicize events to help create healthy and fair public health policies.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPublicHealthWeek
- Explore the services available in your community.
- Learn about public health and why it’s important.
- Find out how healthy is your state by going to the American Health Ranking website.
- Download the Center for Disease Control Health IQ App to Your Smartphone.
- Follow on Facebook and share health facts and information using #PublicHealthWeek.
NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK HISTORY
The first National Public Health Week took place in 1995 and has seen increasing support over the years. It is an initiative of the American Public Health Association (APHA).
A group of physicians founded the American Public Health Association in 1872.