National Public Health Week – Build a Healthy Nation

During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the U.S. to observe National Public Health Week (NPHW) as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.

Public health is defined as the science of protecting the safety and improving the health of communities through education, policy making, and research for disease and injury prevention.

Where people live, learn, work, and play affects everyone and can determine health and life expectancy. Working together, people can build healthier communities and eventually, a healthy nation.

National Public Health Week (NPHW) is the perfect time for everyone to come together. You can participate in NPHW with a few ideas:

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Why is Public Health Important?

Public health is important because it affects people every day in every part of the world. It addresses broad issues that can affect the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities, populations, and societies—both now, and for generations to come.

Public health programs help keep people alive. These programs have led to…

  • increased life expectancies.
  • worldwide reductions in infant and child mortality.
  • eradication or reduction of many communicable diseases.

A Public Health Campaign can be implemented at high school, college, or school campus’, as well as, community health centers, health departments, and individuals can promote public health locally, nationally, and/or globally.

Public Health Nerd

CDC encourages people to embrace their inner #PHNerd and share their passion for public health with others. The Public Health Nerd campaign was designed to help increase awareness about the role of public health in strengthening families and communities and in maintaining a stable, healthy nation. Are you a Public Health Nerd? Tell everyone you know by sharing some of our Public Health Nerd graphics.

CDC’s Health IQ App

Challenge your Health IQ

CDC’s interactive, educational, and fun health trivia application, Health IQ, is now available in Spanish. As CDC’s first bi-lingual mobile application, now even more users can challenge their Health IQ and learn about health while having fun!

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