National Public Health Week 2020 Is Approaching!

by Lisa Vasquez, Co-Chair, NHPHA Communications Committee

In the first full week of April, we celebrate National Public Health Week (NPHW)! This year is extra special because it’s the 25th anniversary of NPHW. This 25th anniversary is an opportunity to highlight some of the greatest public health successes and to celebrate what makes public health so vital. It’s also a time to reflect on important lessons learned and missed chances to improve health for all. In New Hampshire, we hope that your agency will join us in celebrating National Public Health Week. Let us know what you are doing this year to celebrate it!

Why is National Public Health Week important to highlight? Because everyone deserves to live a long and healthy life in a safe environment. To make this possible, we must tackle the causes of poor health and disease risk among individual and within our communities. Where we live, work, worship, and play affects each of us and can impact our health and life expectancy. Within our communities, let’s start new conversations and become advocates for positive change. Working together, we can build healthier communities and, eventually, the healthiest nation. We need your help to get there.

Each day of NPHW will focus on a single public health topic. We'll highlight current challenges around each issue, how we can make an impact, and how we can use social justice models to reduce inequities. We consider these topic areas crucial to moving forward and creating the healthiest nation.

Daily Themes

  • Monday: Mental Health — advocate for and promote emotional well-being
  • Tuesday: Maternal and Child Health — ensure the health of mother and babies throughout the lifespan
  • Wednesday: Violence Prevention — reduce personal and community violence to improve health
  • Thursday: Environmental Health — help protect and maintain a healthy planet
  • Friday: Education — advocate for quality education and schools
  • Saturday: Healthy Housing — ensure access to affordable and safe housing
  • Sunday: Economics — advocate for economic empowerment as the key to a healthy life

Join NHPHA by celebrating 25 years of National Public Health Week—and let’s also continue to work toward 25 more years of the power of prevention, advocating for healthy and fair policies, sharing strategies for increasing equity, and championing the role of a strong public health system.

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