Every year during the first full week in April, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings communities across the country together to observe National Public Health Week (NPHW). NPHW serves as a time to acknowledge the contributions of the public health workforce and also to highlight important issues that need to be addressed in the health of our nation. This year, APHA will be hosting NPHW April 3rd – 9th. Below are a list of activities that CMRPHA will be supporting/promoting/participating in:
- Help us walk 1 billion steps by National Public Health Week Our 1 Billion Steps Challenge is a fun way to connect with others and take steps to improve our nation’s health. The challenge runs from Jan. 9 to April 9, but you can sign up any time. Join our team, or start your own with a group of friends or co-workers. We provide the technology platform that lets you count steps by syncing your device or entering them manually.
- NPHW Webinar: Advancing Physical Activity through Innovative Approaches — Join this webinar to learn about innovative, collaborative approaches to promoting physical activity and preventing chronic diseases. Gain understanding through concrete examples of working with partners to provide physical activity options that advance health equity and promote connecting people to the outdoors. Attend this webinar to learn more about DC Park Rx, Walk with a Doc at the HEALing Community Center in Atlanta, and after-school park programs at Miami-Dade Parks, Florida.
- NPHW Twitter Chat: This year, APHA will host its seventh annual NPHW Twitter Chat on April 5 at 2 p.m. EDT. RSVP. Follow @NPHW to learn more about the NPHW 2017 Twitter Chat! Use the official hashtag, #NPHWchat, in your tweets so users can easily search for what you and others are saying during the event. Check out the NPHW event page for the RSVP and for more details about the #NPHWchat! Other hashtags are #HealthiestNation2030 and #1BillionSteps
- #ClimateChangesHealth: The Roles We Play What roles can aspiring or practicing public health professionals play in climate mitigation and climate adaptation? Join GW’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and the American Public Health Association (APHA) for a panel discussing the intersection of climate change and public health on Thursday, April 6 at 10 a.m. EDT. Public health directly impacts the health of our environment. We know climate change is a global issue that affects all of us in different capacities. These changes in climate, largely caused by human activities and behaviors, threaten our health and our livelihoods. We as individuals can either contribute to the problem, or serve as an integral part of the solution. Explore these issues with us as we celebrate National Public Health Week and the APHA’s Year of Climate Change and Health initiative.
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
- Become an NPHW partner and become part of Generation Public Health, APHA’s movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation. In recognition, APHA will list your organization as a supporting partner on both the NPHW and Generation Public Health websites.
- Check out the NPHW fact sheets: NPHW strives to educate and bring attention to the ways in which APHA is working to prevent chronic disease and to reduce health disparities in nine focus areas. See the nine fact sheets and download them as PDFs in English, French, and Spanish.
- Celebrate NPHW with a special event — or join an event that is already happening in your community. Check out the NPHW events calendar and interactive map for more information.