APHA Public Health Week – Promote April 3rd - 9th in Your Community

Healthiest Nation NPHW Fact Sheets

Changing our health means ensuring conditions where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy. We all have a role to play:

blue houseBuild a nation of safe, healthy communities
Health must be a priority in designing our communities, from healthy housing to parks and playgrounds. Walking and biking must coexist with cars and public transportation. We need lower levels of violence and crime so everyone can safely live, work, learn and play. Support farmers markets and local businesses that value health, such as retailers that don't sell tobacco.

blue graduation capHelp all Americans achieve at least high school graduation
Education is the leading indicator of good health, giving people access to better jobs, incomes and neighborhoods. Call for policies that start with early school success and lead to higher on-time high school graduation rates. Be a champion for school-based health centers in your local schools. Become a mentor — you can make a difference!

blue stack of moneyIncrease economic mobility
The science is clear: Poverty and poor health go hand-in-hand. It’s time to fix our country’s growing income inequality and the unhealthy stresses it puts on adults and children. Support policies that ensure a living wage and remove barriers that make it harder to advance to higher incomes.

blue scaleAchieving social justice and health equity
Everyone has the right to good health. We must remove barriers so everyone has the same opportunity to improve their lives and their health. Speak out against racism and an unequal criminal justice system. Demand a fair allocation of community resources. Fight against the trend of growing voter restrictions. Everyone needs a voice in improving our communities.

blue appleGive everyone a choice of safe, healthy food
Our food system should provide affordable food with nutritious ingredients, free from harmful contaminants. For many families, eating healthy is a daily challenge. Call for policies that help eliminate food deserts and bring healthy food to all neighborhoods and schools. Support measures like menu labeling that help people make healthier choices. Start a community garden. Volunteer for a local food bank!

blue treePrepare for the health effects of climate change
Our health is connected to our environments. What happens upstream in our environments affects our health downstream. Support policies that protect the air we breathe, both indoors and outdoors, and the clean water we drink. Policies that protect our health from natural and manmade weather events and disasters are just as important. Support efforts that help communities prepare for and adapt to the health impacts of climate change.

profile of head and brainMaking the healthy choice the easy choice
Avoid using tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. Eat healthy foods and exercise. We need to make these and other healthy choices for ourselves. But it doesn’t stop there – we need to work together to create communities that make the healthy choice the easy choice for everyone.

blue caduceusProvide quality health care for everyone
Health reform was just a start. To fulfill its potential, we must continue to pursue options for expanded access to quality care at the federal, state and local levels. But we also need to shift the main focus of our health system from one that treats illness to one that equally emphasizes prevention.

three people with arms in airStrengthen public health infrastructure and capacity
Strong and consistent funding levels are necessary for the public health system to respond to both everyday health threats and unexpected health emergencies. Support higher budgets for key public health agencies like the CDC and HRSA. These agencies strengthen the public health workforce and are a major source of funding for state and local health departments and programs.



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2017 Public Health Week Activities from across the state:

Alamance County Health Department - see their calendar of events and pictures from the week.

Anson County Health Department kicked off the week with a cook out and t-shirts for the staff and some cool sidewalk chalk art highlighting our biggest public health challenges in the county – and the recommended solutions.

ECU's Master of Public Health Program -

  • Monday: Public Health info table with trivia, giveaways and info about the MPH program on our Allied Health Sciences Camp (we also intend to target the nursing students and make them aware they are public health too!)
  • Tuesday: Day of Service the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina
  • Wednesday: Walking Wednesday at one of our fields; Blood Drive
  • Thursday: Research poster symposium
  • Friday: ZUMBAthon!

They are also campaigning for people to join our ECU MPH Relay for Life Team at the Relay in Greenville on April 21st and help raise funds!

 

Guilford County Health Department  - Click here for their calendar of events.

Henderson County Health Department -

Submitted a public health column about Public Health Month that considers how collectively, public health is much more than what a local health department does. The column encourages individuals to take some practical steps that support public health and lists opportunities. These include:

  • Updating your child’s immunizations. The Henderson County Immunization Coalition and Whit’s Frozen Custard are giving a voucher for free frozen custard to the first 200 children 2 months to 6 years old who receive their immunizations.
  • Checking your own immunization records.
  • Disposing of unused pain medication at the drug drop box.
  • Learning more about the importance of rabies vaccine for pets. Our lead CD nurse and Animal Services Director will discuss this topic on a local radio show and encourage the public to have their dogs vaccinated against rabies at an upcoming clinic.
  • Joining an action team to address one of our four top health priorities.

Johnston County Health Department -

The Johnston County Public Health Department and Johnston County Government celebrated National Walk to Work Day on Friday, April 7th as part of our National Public Health Week activities. A photo booth with "public health" props was at the event as well.

They also worked to promote awareness of Walk to Work day to local employers throughout Johnston County via this postcard.

North Carolina Institute for Public Health - Click here for their activities for the week.

Pender County Health Department - Check out their video "What Public Health Means to Me"

Pitt County Health Department -

April 4th - County Health Rankings Panel Discussion
April 7th - Community Reception

Rowan County Health Department -

Hosted a Walk in the Park on Monday and a Mental Health Fair on Wednesday.  For pictures and more information, click here. 

Stokes County Health Department -
They created a big bulletin board at the Health Department that has infographics from all of the different “sections” of the Health Department, and they also held a Public Health “Spirit Week”, where each day they dress up in a different theme (similar to homecoming week in high school)!  Monday’s theme was “Tacky Day."  They had fun and found it was a good way to start conversations about Public Health with their patients and other curious people!