For 25 years, National Public Health Week has recognized the contributions of public health and highlighted issues that are important to improving our nation’s health. This year, National Public Health Week will be celebrated April 6–12, and this year, we hope you’ll join us in looking back at public health’s successes and moving forward to eliminating health disparities.
Public health affects nearly every part of our lives. Every year, it is public health workers who educate people about the flu and give out the flu vaccine. Public health workers set safety standards in the workplace to protect employees. They develop school nutrition programs to make sure kids have access to healthy food. It was public health that led to laws requiring the use of seatbelts, guidelines protecting clean air and water and laws against smoking in restaurants and bars. And it is public health workers who are the first to battle on the front lines during times of grave risk to our health like today’s coronavirus pandemic. In fact, Tennessee’s public health workers always rise to the occasion whether by their tireless defense currently underway against COVID-19 or their extraordinary response to protect and recover from wildfires in east Tennessee in late 2016 – all while providing innovative dental screening and treatment for children, access to prevention and primary care services, and nutrition, physical activity and other programs throughout this great state. These dedicated and committed public health professionals work to ensure optimal health and vibrant communities for all people in Tennessee. For that, all Tennesseans should be eternally grateful.
Despite ongoing efforts, there is still much to be done to make the U.S. the healthiest nation. That’s why we’re encouraging members of our community to learn more and take part in the All of Us Research Program, a historic effort to collect and study data from one million or more people living in the United States. The goal of the program is better health for all of us. Learn more at https://allofus.nih.gov/
We hope you’ll join us to celebrate NPHW 2020, April 6–12, as we celebrate the power of prevention and preventive care, advocate for healthy and fair policies, educate our community about healthy behaviors and work to build a strong public health system across our country. Learn more at http://www.nphw.org/nphw-2020. To get involved in public health in Tennessee, go to https://tnpublichealth.org/