Wow, has a year gone by already? I guess the days are flying but at least the weather is starting to get much nicer in my neck of the woods. This week I’m pretty excited to spread the word because it consists of an opportunity to let folks know about the field that I’m a part of and always wanting to raise awareness on – it’s National Public Health Week (NPHW)!
The American Public Health Association has been putting together NPHW since 1995 and each year they strive to center around a theme to bring together health practitioners and anyone else interested in the well being of the public, and think about ways to improve. This year the theme is ‘Building the Foundation for a Healthy America’. Here’s a short excerpt from the main site that I think sums up the thinking and ideals of public health professionals everywhere:
Despite our best efforts, Americans are not as healthy as they should be. Although we spend more on health care than any other country, the health system is failing and our nation is falling behind in many important measures of what it means to be healthy. We have reached a point where we must examine our health system and the foundation upon which it stands.
Things are spiraling out of control, folks – and quickly. It’s no longer good enough to sit back and hope that the government will create some sort of magic solution for us not to be suffering from diabetes, heart disease and the myriad complications associated with unhealthy eating and living. It’s the many public health programs and initiatives that take place across the country that house the efforts of health workers to make sure that everyone has an equal chance at getting (and staying) healthy. With this new administration, I’m hoping that we can turn the page – better yet, start a whole new book - on taking care of health and those around us.
During every day this week, the APHA gives you some insight on how you can help change how the leaders of our nation view the importance of public health. From Monday through Friday, you can send notes to members of Congress which will highlight the important areas of our lives in which public health has a hand. From the macro-level of the country to the micro-level, still very significant, area of your own home – you can make a difference.
I want to also bring your attention to the great people over at Walden University who will be hosting a speaker series, especially for this week. The prominent speakers include Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association and Dr. Glenna Crooks, a noted health care consultant and one of the amazing bloggers over at Disruptive Women in Healthcare. These speaker series will be hosted online. For more information on their talks please hop on over to the Walden University Speaker Series site.
Lastly, this wouldn’t be a great Pulse + Signal post if we couldn’t sprinkle some social media into the mix! Check out some important links to NPHW below:
- Read up on their blog
- Connect on Facebook for NPHW 2009
- Check out the NPHW 2009 Twitter page and follow along
- Why Public Health Matters videos
And if you aren’t familiar with the field of public health, check out a great resource I found several months ago – What is Public Health?
Let all your health professionals know and point them here if you can!