As we celebrate the many blessings afforded to us this Thanksgiving, APHA asks you to honor the hundreds of thousands of public health professionals who work each year to make communities healthier and safer than ever before.

Dr. Georges Benjamin

Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), is Executive Director of the American Public Health Association.

Today, on Public Health Thank You Day, APHA joins Research!America and our partners to recognize the invaluable efforts of recognizing the job public health professionals  do every day to improve millions of American lives.

The advancements are everywhere around you, even if they’re hard to see. There are more than 30 reasons to be thankful for public health. Water is safer thanks to lead poisoning prevention programs, infectious disease including tuberculosis and HIV is declining substantially, motor vehicle and workplace safety continues to improve and disaster preparedness initiatives are preventing several thousands of deaths and hospitalizations each year.

Public health helps build strong communities, saves lives and saves money.  Public health now has the tools to prevent, protect and save lives more than ever. But first, we must protect its infrastructure.

Join us today in thanking our public health champions, and stand with us today we build a collective voice around protecting our nation’s health. Thank you for your support.

Learn more about Public Health Thank You Day at http://www.publichealththankyouday.org/.

We encourage you to comment below with your personal “thank you” to public health.

Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), is Executive Director of the American Public Health Association.

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