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: Get Ready: National Public Health Week Kicks Off Next Week

Get Ready: National Public Health Week Kicks Off Next Week

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The American Public Health Association (APHA) is a champion for health all year long, and next week during National Public Health Week, is the perfect time to not only recognize what public health initiatives bring to our communities, but also to provide education about the most important issues surrounding each year's theme. This year's theme is Public Health: Start Here, presented as  encouragement for public health professionals to help their communities and patients navigate the changing landscape of health and prevention.

The health landscape certainly has changed pretty substantially in the past year. With the Affordable Care Act ramp up and subsequent enrollment deadline of March 31, unprecedented attention has been placed on patient-centered care, improved outcomes, and preventive care.

In particular, preventative procedures and checkups are now covered by insurance, a change that has a profound impact on public health. Preventative medicine not only leads to healthier individuals, families, and communities, but it also leads to reduced health care costs. It's a win-win situation. According to APHA, "The ACA signals a shift in our nation's health system from one that focuses on treatment of the sick to one that is committed to proactively keeping people and communities healthy and safe. Included in the historic law are comprehensive prevention provisions consistent with those called for by APHA in its health reform agenda and supported by other leading experts in population health."

And yet, all these changes can be confusing, and the laws and policies are often difficult to understand. With that in mind, APHA has broken National Public Health Week into themes for each day of the week to encourage public health and health communication professionals to support public health and prevention, as well as encourage the public to take "one small step each day for a healthier life." 

Check out the National Public Health Week schedule to learn how you can get involved:

  • Monday, April 7: Be healthy from the start. From maternal health and school nutrition to emergency preparedness, public health starts at home.
  • Tuesday, April 8: Don't panic. Disaster preparedness starts with community-wide commitment and action.
  • Wednesday, April 9: Get out ahead. Prevention is now a nationwide priority.
  • Thursday, April 10: Eat well. The system that keeps our nation's food safe and healthy is complex.
  • Friday, April 11: Be the healthiest nation in one generation. Best practices for community health come from around the globe.

If you're not sure how to get started or want to learn about local events, check out the toolkits and other resources on www.nphw.org.

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