The theme of this year’s National Public Health Week, which kicks off today, is “Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money.” So we ask you: What is public health’s ROI, or return on investment?

Here, find out for yourselves.

APHA teamed with Piktochart — an online application with easy-to-use templates — to co-host APHA’s first-ever “NPHW infographic contest,” which asked our audience to outline the importance of public health with facts and statistics — and beautiful visuals to emphasize them. Four submitters who best demonstrated public health’s ROI earned free admission to the 2013 APHA Annual Meeting in Boston, Nov. 2-6, 2013, and the opportunity to host their own session at the meeting.

Winners were selected from three categories of submissions — local, state and national, including:






  • Infographic — The cost of obesityArvind Dilawar, Sarah Fudin, Farruk Tillaev and Robyn Song of the George Washington University School of Public Health & Health Services: The Cost of Obesity.


The contest received participation from health departments, federal agencies, student clubs and any U.S. resident with an interest in public health.

Congratulations to all winners, and thanks to all participants for showing us the many benefits of public health in action.