National Public Health Week Presidential Proclamation

The White House issued a presidential proclamation to recognize National Public Health Week. Image courtesy The White House

In the lead up to National Public Health Week, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation Friday recognizing the value public health workers deliver to our country every day.

“During National Public Health Week, we join together to enhance public health — the foundation of our security and well-being — here at home and around the world,” Obama wrote. “By supporting health professionals and embracing our obligations to promote public health and protect our planet, we can uphold our shared responsibility to preserve the promise of a happy and healthy life for our children and grandchildren.”

Obama underscored the importance of the Affordable Care Act in ensuring that Americans have access to affordable, quality health care. He highlighted other initiatives important to public health such as new funding to address prescription opioid abuse and heroin use and efforts to promote mental health, reduce gun violence and address the health effects of climate change.

He also touted the administration’s Global Health Security Agenda, which aims to strengthen the capacity of public health systems across the globe to protect against disease outbreaks and biological threats.

“Already, this cooperation is helping us confront the spread of the Zika virus,” Obama wrote.

The presidential proclamation recognizes April 4-10, 2016, as National Public Health Week, which is organized by APHA, and calls on U.S. citizens, government agencies, businesses and others to take part in activities to improve the health of the nation.

“This week, let us treat every child as if they are our own by accepting our responsibilities to leave them with a healthier, cleaner planet than we have, and let us continue reaching for a brighter, more secure future for all the world’s people,” Obama wrote.

To read the full text of the proclamation, visit the National Public Health Week website.