National Public Health Week 2014, or NPHW, begins in just six days. During the annual event the world of public health will highlight issues that are important to improving the health of our nation.
From April 7-13 public health advocates nationwide will host special events to raise awareness of public health and prevention, and APHA will join right along with them. In anticipation of seven days chock-full of public health, here are several activities that celebrate this year’s theme, “Public Health: Start Here.” Click each link to go to the event’s page.
- Monday, April 7 — “Creating the healthiest nation through system transformation” at Barbara Jordan Conference Center, Washington, D.C., 1-3 p.m., EDT, and via live webcast
This panel discussion will kick off NPHW, describing how the public health community can work in tandem with traditional and non-traditional partners to close the gap on health disparities. The event will be a live webcast to provide accessibility across the country. Speakers will include APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Howard Koh and Virginia Commonwealth University professor Steven Woolf.
- Wednesday, April 9 — 2014 NPHW Twitter Chat (#NPHWchat), 2-3 p.m. EDT
Chat with APHA and leaders from all walks of society — from community workers and students to business and government — about issues related to the theme of this year’s campaign, “Public Health: Start Here.” Topics will include chronic obesity, workplace wellness, health care, prevention and more. Please include #NPHWchat in your tweets or follow @NPHW for more information.
- Friday, April 11 — Google+ Hangout on Air, 2 p.m. EDT
APHA will feature a panel of public health professionals, leaders and advocates to talk about the role of active transportation in helping the United States become the healthiest nation in one generation, in homage to Friday’s daily NPHW theme. Watch the panel conversation live on APHA’s Google+ page and use the #NPHW hashtag to participate.
During the week APHA is urging you to support adequate funding for public health agencies and programs in the FY 2015 appropriations process. Join us in showing your commitment to protecting the public’s health this week by sending a message to Congress; and
APHA invites you to promote events that you are hosting or taking part in through media outreach and social media promotion. Participants can arrange an interview with local television or radio stations, create a video, capture pictures via Instagram, or promote via other mediums. Submissions are due by April 30 at 5 p.m. EDT, with four winners: two public health professionals and two public health students. Check the contest page for rules and descriptions.
Stay up to date and learn about other ways to participate at www.nphw.org.