Public health has been spotlighted all week from schools and businesses to town halls and libraries as part of National Public Health Week. The celebration even made it to Capitol Hill.

Yesterday, legislators introduced resolutions in both houses of Congress in support of National Public Health Week urging greater support for public health. The resolutions recognized the efforts of public health professionals in preventing disease and injury and the role of public health in improving health across the U.S., and encouraged strengthening the public health system and increasing efforts and resources to help create the healthiest nation in one generation.

NPHW_(2)The House resolution was introduced by Congressional Public Health Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-California) and her fellow co-chairs Reps. Kay Granger (D-Texas), Gene Green (D-Texas), Jim McGovern (D-Massachusetts) and Rob Wittman (R-Virginia). They were joined by 15 other members as original co-sponsors of the House resolution. Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) introduced a Senate version of the resolution.

“I am thrilled to join my fellow Public Health Caucus co-chairs, as well as Sen. Udall, our other congressional partners and the American Public Health Association, in championing the achievable goal of making America the healthiest nation in one generation,” said Roybal-Allard, a former recipient of APHA’s Distinguished Public Health Legislator of the Year Award, in a statement. “The National Public Health Week resolutions recognize the great need for America to invest in improving the health of all of our citizens and communities. Our public health professionals do so much to keep people healthy, including conducting scientific research, educating our communities about diseases and vaccinating children and adults. To become the healthiest nation by 2030, we will need the help of our public health professionals as we work to promote optimal health, minimize health disparities and prevent chronic conditions.”

“An investment in our public health system is an investment in the future of our families, our communities and the prosperity of New Mexico and the country,” said Udall. “National Public Health Week brings attention to our biggest health challenges moving forward as a nation and promotes practical solutions to save lives and encourage smarter investments in our public health programs. As a nation, we have made many great achievements over the years, but we can all take steps to improve our health — from taking up more active lifestyles to eating well — to make the United States the healthiest nation in a generation.”

“We applaud Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Rob Wittman, Gene Green, Kay Granger and Jim McGovern, along with Sen. Udall and the other cosponsors of the National Public Health Week resolutions for recognizing the essential role public health plays in improving the health of all Americans and the communities in which we live,” said APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin, MD. “We are grateful for their leadership and look forward to our continued collaboration in helping create the healthiest nation.”

To view full text of the resolutions, visit Congress.gov.