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Vivek Murthy confirmed as 19th U.S. surgeon general

Vivek Murthy confirmed as 19th U.S. surgeon general

At long last, the U.S. has a new surgeon general — Dr. Vivek Murthy. APHA celebrates the confirmation.
Thank you, public health professionals!

Thank you, public health professionals!

Today is Public Health Thank You Day! APHA, Research!America and leading public health organizations are joining together to honor public health professionals who work to protect the health of all Americans.
Want to make our nation healthier? Be creative

Want to make our nation healthier? Be creative

Ask yourself two questions: Are you a public health worker? And are you willing to try new things to make people healthier?
Survey asks public health workforce to define important duties

Survey asks public health workforce to define important duties

What are the most important job responsibilities of public health professionals? That’s the question the National Board of Public Health Examiners, or NBPHE, is hoping to answer.
Public Health Accreditation Board releases updated standards

Public Health Accreditation Board releases updated standards

In December, the Public Health Accreditation Board updated “Standards and Measures” to address today’s public health reality.
DeSalvo begins appointment as new HHS health IT coordinator

DeSalvo begins appointment as new HHS health IT coordinator

Today, Karen DeSalvo — a former APHA member — begins her term as national coordinator for health information technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
CDC hosts community health leaders for 3-day training

CDC hosts community health leaders for 3-day training

Good public health is synonymous with healthy communities. And though a national infrastructure works to create a healthier America, its influence is obstructed by barriers that prevent the public health workforce from working well together.
5 public health departments earn accreditation

5 public health departments earn accreditation

The Public Health Accreditation Board, or PHAB, is ensuring quality performance in the nation’s health departments. The board has defined health standards that must be met to become “accredited” departments that best serve a community’s constituents.
New association to represent public health schools and programs

New association to represent public health schools and programs

The future of public health education will soon have a new name and greater reach.
How social media can raise public health visibility

How social media can raise public health visibility

Social media is no longer a tool; it’s the worldwide engine for real-time communication. For public health leaders, influential messaging depends on a strong online presence.
APHA, public health groups back climate change bill

APHA, public health groups back climate change bill

As heat waves, droughts and extreme weather events occur with greater intensity and frequency, the nation’s public health organizations announced renewed support for a measure to improve preparedness for climate change.
11 health departments earn first-ever accreditations

11 health departments earn first-ever accreditations

The public health world just reached a historic milestone. The Public Health Accreditation Board – a program founded in 2011 to set performance standards for the more than 3,000 U.S. public health departments – announced today five-year accreditations for 11 public health departments.