CELEBRATE: National Public Health Week 2022

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA

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National Public Health Week is observed during the first week of April every year. That’s seven days to champion the health of all Americans. It’s a week to recognize that everyone should lead healthier lives, irrespective of where they live, work, or come from. Since its founding in 1955, the initiative has become an important movement to highlight issues that can improve the health and happiness of a nation. You could choose to crush a workout or any workout challenge today. It’s a great week to start eating healthy and stick to it. Whatever you do, remember to involve your friends, family, and the larger community. It’s also a week when we campaign for health policies that are fair, inclusive, and accessible to all communities in the United States.

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HISTORY

The first National Public Health Week took place in April 1955 and was organized by the American Public Health Association (A.P.H.A.). Since then, the initiative has received tremendous support from civil societies and administrations across the United States. The day recognizes the long history and achievements in public health. It also serves to highlight critical issues to help people lead healthier and happier lives.

In attempting to reach these goals, National Public Health Week seeks to address the root causes of poor health, disease, and lifestyles. It starts with recognizing that healthcare is still a privilege many cannot afford. Where people are born, their neighborhoods, places of work, different lives, and backgrounds determine the quality of healthcare access.

For example, a child who goes to school hungry will not be an engaged student. People working for minimum wages sacrifice health for the sake of an income. It’s thousands of families who have no access to nutritious food in their communities. Or those without the means to travel to access quality healthcare, often located far away.

National Public Health Week is committed to making health inclusive and equitable. It hopes to foster decision-making that considers the health of all communities — irrespective of income, race, or gender. Each year, the first full week in April celebrates the power of the community in realizing this vision. The A.P.H.A. usually announces different themes for each day of the week. From fitness challenges and discussions to sharing healthy recipes — it’s seven days of committing to health as a country.

So, no matter where you are, APHA invites you to join us as we celebrate National Public Health Week! This year’s theme, Public Health Is Where You Are, celebrates what we know is true: The places where we are, physically, mentally and societally, affect our health and our lives.

Celebrate and promote health in your community by hosting your own NPHW event!

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Here are a few ideas:

  1. Host virtual health panels and discussions. …
  2. Team up to reach new audiences and build community. …
  3. Take advantage of Student Day. …
  4. Organize around the daily themes. …
  5. Make advocacy easy. …
  6. Find movement opportunities.

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One Response

  1. Dear DR. DAVID,

    National Public Health Week 2022 has come to a close! Thank you to everyone who’s participated this year. Whether you were one of the more than 1,000 people who got a little more active with the Keep It Moving challenge, a host of one of more than 150 community events nationwide or a participant in the Twitter chat that garnered more than 108 MILLION impressions, you were a huge part of NPHW. You showed everyone that public health matters, where you are and around the world.

    NPHW may be over, but there are still lots of ways to stay involved:

    If you missed any of APHA’s events, catch a free recording of all of them.
    Send an action alert to encourage your elected officials to protect public health.
    Register for APHA’s Policy Action Institute in June.
    Keep sharing our NPHW tools, including our infographic showing the intersections of health and community.

    Thanks for attending our NPHW events this year! Please share your thoughts to help us improve our NPHW efforts next year; we’d love your feedback by Friday, April 15. Again, thank you for everything you did to make NPHW successful. We’ll see you next year – April 3-9, 2023!

    In health and solidarity,
    The NPHW team

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