Ah, April. Once again we are welcoming the month by shaking off the chill of the wintery months and getting into the mood for new life, warmer weather and recognition of the public health field.
That’s right folks – we’ve made it to another Public Health Week! This year the theme is entitled: Safety is NO Accident, looking at safety issues around where we live, work and play.
One of the things happening this year that caught my interest was the Injury Prevention Road Tour –a road trip initiative designed around spreading the word about injury and violence prevention to communities. The road trip will be hosted by APHA Executive Director, Georges Benjamin and seasoned public health leader, Linda Rae Murray – visiting cities such as Washington, D.C. and Cleveland, OH.
Resources You Should Know About:
- Follow the initiative on Facebook
- April 4: Kickoff, Twitter Chat @ 1pm EST
- April 8: Public Health Student Day (Lisa Gualteri of Tufts University is doing a great job with her students)
- President Obama and 1st Lady Hold Anti-Bullying Conference
- Salt Lake Valley Health Department celebrates NPHW, video style!
- Knox County Health Department prepares [via MSNBC]
- Texas Chiropractic College Celebrates NPHW
- Especially proud of my alma mater, University of Maryland’s School of Public Health gets involved all week with activities.
- University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health is even doing a film festival all week!
Lastly, here is a brief history of National Public Health Week (from APHA website):
In 1995, former President William Jefferson Clinton proclaimed the first full week of April as National Public Health Week (NPHW). Each year since then, the public health community has celebrated this observance by focusing on an issue that is important to improving the public’s health.
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