National Public Health Week – Did You Get Involved?

12 Apr

National Public Health Week

National Public Health Week (NPHW) has been observed since 1995 during the first week of April. NPHW is primarily held to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation, and also perhaps more importantly, to engage members of our communities. Across the nation events will be planned during NPHW to draw attention to issues of public health concern and promote healthy practices. The 2013 NPHW theme is “Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money”.

NPHW offers a great opportunity to draw attention to public health concerns that affect the African American community, as well as provide educational opportunities to members of the community, as well as members of the public health workforce and clinicians who directly serve this community.

NPHW events can be elaborate or informal gatherings, such as a health education seminar at a faith based institution or planned mentoring meetings. Other suggestions for NPHW events include: health fairs, community seminars & workshops, networking events, webinars, and educational events for public health professionals; such as training workshops. A more specific suggestion for a NPHW event, particularly one that would be of interest to African American communities would be healthy eating workshops that may help to address the high rates of obesity in the African American community, and could involve the presentation of recipes that can help consumers save money and prevent chronic diseases through proper nutrition; or a community workshop on the Affordable Care Act, discussing the changes in health policy, what to expect, and how to navigate the changing health insurance regulations.

Cherise Charleswell
Co-editor SAAPHI Newsletter

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