The Friday Five – National Public Health Week
During the first full week of April each year, American Public Health Association (@PublicHealth) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week (@NPHW) as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health. For over 20 years, APHA has served as the organizer of NPHW. This week’s Friday Five celebrates the event and recaps some of the information shared throughout the week.
Healthiest Nation NPHW Fact Sheets
The American Public Health Association believes that changing our health means ensuring conditions where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy. There are many ways we can all help to improve public health. Here are a few suggested by the APHA along with facts to support each:
- Build a nation of safe, healthy communities
- Help all young people graduate from high school
- Increase economic mobility
- Achieve social justice and health equity
- Give everyone a choice of safe, healthy food
- Prepare for the health effects of climate change
- Make the healthy choice the easy choice
- Provide quality health care for everyone
- Strengthen public health infrastructure and capacity
NPHW Daily Themes
Each day of NPHW focuses on a different public health topic:
- Monday: Healthy Communities
- Tuesday: Violence Prevention
- Wednesday: Rural Health
- Thursday: Technology and Public Health
- Friday: Climate Change
- Saturday and Sunday: Global Health
Today’s theme is Climate Change and the Natural Resources Defense Council (@NRDC) invites you to learn more about what Climate Change means for health where you live because a warming planet is fueling the most serious public health crisis of our time. Additionally, be sure to check out the rest of the daily themes for ways each of us can make a difference within each topic.
A Very Successful National Public Health Week Twitter Chat
This year, APHA hosted its ninth annual National Public Health Week Twitter Chat on Wednesday, April 3 at 2 pm ET. Participants chatted about all things public health, celebrated everything public health has accomplished and talked about where the movement is going. Learn more about this year’s theme — “For science. For action. For health,” — and how you can be a part of NPHW.
CityHealth Celebrates NPHW with a Mix Tape
CityHealth (@city_health), an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, advances a package of evidence-based policy solutions that will help millions of people live longer, better lives in vibrant, prosperous communities. CityHealth regularly evaluates cities on the number and strength of their policies.
To celebrate National Public Health Week 2019 CityHealth and DJ Shelley Hearne put together a playlist of songs that inspire a healthier, more equitable and just world. Let the music fuel your fire as a health champion. And keep dancing!
NPHW Student Day: You’re Graduating. Now What?
During NPHW, APHA and students from American University’s public health capstone class held a special event for public health students. The event featured early- and mid-career public health professionals discussing how they made the jump from public health students to public health workers. From finding internships to building a resume and working your way up in an organization, public health students will get real, useful information on what to do once they have their diploma.