National Public Health Week – “Public Health is Where You Are” emphasizes the important role that our physical and mental states and the climate of the entire nation play in maintaining good health as a public body.
Public health has been the topic of interest for the last few years as a global pandemic and uncertainty around the spread of COVID-19 related viruses continues. We have changed as a world when it comes to acknowledging viruses and how to best protect ourselves. But still, public health concerns span way beyond just this topic.
Things like mental health, racial divides and climate change also play a key role in public health. Each year, the month of April is dedicated as a time to focus on the importance of change and efforts to improve the status of public health.
This year’s theme: “Public Health is Where You Are” emphasizes the important role that our physical and mental states and the climate of the entire nation play in maintaining good health as a public body.
From April 4-10, 2022 join us in celebrating the 27th National Public Health week, an initiative of The American Public Health Association. We are all encouraged to take this time to understand the issues and find ways to to do more to make our world a more equitable, safe, healthy and just place.
Here are a few key points to focus on this week:
Public health can be improved through community involvement. Being part of a bigger picture and doing your part to add to positivity around you can have benefits for all. Take the time to join a community group – maybe volunteer for those in need or help in a community garden or street clean up efforts. There are many ways local governments and citizens can come together to improve community health and well being.
Workplace Health Tactics
Another key aspect of public health is having a place where people can go to work each day and feel valued and valuable. Mental health in the workplace requires strong programs and connections with management and the entire community. Fair healthcare and pay – and a cohesive relationship that includes space and time for everyone should be the goal.
Fairness for All
Speaking of fairness. There is a very important need to improve public health through racial justice, LBGTQ rights and providing a fair chance for people with disabilities. Understanding their unique needs and providing a safe and fair place for them to live and thrive is critical for overall public health. By coming together and shedding light on this very important topic, healthier communities and more are all possible!
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