Please join us in celebrating National Public Health Week (NPHW) today through April 13. For nearly two decades, NPHW has raised awareness of the important role public health plays in keeping communities both healthy and safe. This year’s theme is “Public Health: Start Here.”
Get involved each day with daily themes including:
- 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.
Another great place to start is with our recently published Public Health 101: Healthy People–Healthy Populations, Second Edition by Richard Riegelman and Brenda Kirkwood. From clean drinking water, to seat belts, to immunizations, the impact of public health on every individual is undeniable. For undergraduates, an understanding of the foundations of public health is an essential step toward becoming an educated citizen.
Public Health 101: Healthy People–Healthy Populations, Second Edition provides a big-picture, population perspective on the determinants of health and disease and the tools available to protect and promote health. It examines the full range of options for intervention including use of the healthcare system, the public health system, and society-wide systems such as laws and taxation.