March 31, 2016 Share

APRIL 4-10, 2016 IS NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK

WHAT IS PUBLIC HEALTH?

Public health refers to the health and wellness of people and their communities. This can mean vaccinating children to prevent the spread of disease, or educating people about the risks of alcohol and tobacco. School nutrition programs, scientific research and tracking disease outbreaks are ways that Public Health Safety is achieved and maintained.

WHO IS PUBLIC HEALTH?

The American Public Health Association employees people with educational backgrounds ranging from medicine to research to sociology. They work tirelessly to help prevent and improve Americans’ health problems by setting standards to protect workers, ensuring children’s access to healthy foods and speaking out for legislation that promotes healthy living.

 

BUILD A NATION OF SAFE, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES:

Health must be a priority in designing our communities, from healthy housing to parks and playgrounds. Walking and biking must coexist with cars and public transportation. We need lower levels of violence and crime so everyone can safely live, work, learn and play. Support farmers markets and local businesses that value health, such as retailers that don’t sell tobacco.

HELP ALL YOUNG PEOPLE GRADUATE:

Education is the leading indicator of good health, giving people access to better jobs, incomes and neighborhoods. Call for policies that start with early school success and lead to higher on-time high school graduation rates. Be a champion for school-based health centers in your local schools. Become a mentor — you can make a difference!

BETTER HEALTH & INCREASED ECONOMIC MOBILITY:

The science is clear: Poverty and poor health go hand-in-hand. It’s time to fix our country’s growing income inequality and the unhealthy stresses it puts on adults and children. Support policies that ensure a living wage and remove barriers that make it harder to advance to higher incomes.

SOCIAL JUSTICE & HEALTH:

Everyone has the right to good health. We must remove barriers so everyone has the same opportunity to improve their lives and their health. Speak out against racism and an unequal criminal justice system. Demand a fair allocation of community resources. Fight against the trend of growing voter restrictions. Everyone needs a voice in improving our communities.

 

GIVE EVERYONE A CHOICE FOR HEALTHY FOOD:

Our food system should provide affordable food with nutritious ingredients, free from harmful contaminants. For many families, eating healthy is a daily challenge. Call for policies that help eliminate food deserts and bring healthy food to all neighborhoods and schools. Support measures like menu labeling that help people make healthier choices. Start a community garden. Volunteer for a local food bank!

PREPARE FOR THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE:

Our health is connected to our environments. What happens upstream to our environments at work, school and home affects our health downstream. Support policies that protect the air we breathe indoors and outdoors and the clean water we drink as well as those that help protect our health from natural and manmade weather events and disasters.

PROVIDE QUALITY HEALTHCARE FOR EVERYONE:

Health reform was just a start. To fulfill its potential, we must continue to pursue options for expanded access to quality care at the federal, state and local levels. But we also need to shift the main focus of our health system from one that treats illness to one that equally emphasizes prevention.

STRENGHTHEN PUBLIC HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE:

Strong and consistent funding levels are necessary for the public health system to respond to both everyday health threats and also unexpected health emergencies. Support more funding for key public health agencies like the CDC and HRSA. These agencies strengthen the public health workforce and are a major source of funding for state and local programs

Visit the National Public Health Week website for facts, tips, resources and more:

http://www.nphw.org

Are you up to date on public health? Take the online quiz today, at: http://www.publichealthnewswire.org/?p=14801

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