National Public Health Week

National Public Health Week is April 7-13. Photo by APHA

In the first week of April, APHA and partners hope to transform the way you think about public health.

From April 7-13, National Public Health Week will focus on the new world of health delivery in which everyone is responsible — from community leaders to the business world and policymakers. The role of public health professionals is to protect communities from disease and injury and encourage Americans to live safe, healthy lives.

“Public health professionals and organizations are the key to empowering people to participate in this exciting evolution of the public health system to improve the health and wellness of the whole community,” said APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD.

As always this year’s event features five new daily themes, including:

  • Monday, April 7: “Be healthy from the start,” focusing on health at home;
  • Tuesday, April 8: “Don’t panic,” focusing on emergency preparedness;
  • Wednesday, April 9: “Get out ahead,” focusing on prevention;
  • Thursday, April 10: “Eat well,” focusing on nutrition; and
  • Friday, April 11: “Be the healthiest nation in one generation,” focusing on enabling children and young adults to have bright, healthy futures.

The week will also feature numerous events to raise the visibility of public health, including the 2014 National Public Health Week Twitter chat, which will take place on Wednesday, April 9, from 2-3 p.m. EDT. Last year’s Twitter chat featured more than 3,000 tweets from a wide variety of participants, from students to public health leaders including U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden.

RSVP by joining our Twvite and use the hashtag #NPHWchat to join the conversation.