During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association urges communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week to recognize the contributions our public health organizations have made, and to highlight issues that are still important to improve the health of our nation.
For nearly 20 years, APHA has served as the organizer of NPHW. Every year, the association develops a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers and practitioners about issues related to each year's theme.
This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will join in the promotion of NPHW daily themes to support their goal to make the United States the healthiest nation in one generation by 2030.
Here are the daily NPHW themes summarized:
Monday, April 6: Raising the Grade
“The U.S. doesn’t have the top health care system – we have a great ‘sick care” system,’” the National Public Health Week website states.
Although we have top-notch doctors and technologically advanced hospitals, studies show that we trail other countries in life expectancy and other measures of good health.
This is true despite the fact that we spend twice as much as many other countries do for health care.
To kick off NPHW 2015, the public health community will come together to talk frankly about what the data reveals concerning America’s public health.
Tuesday, April 7: Starting from Zip
Where you live, specifically your ZIP code, has been found to influence the level of health your community has. These differences are unacceptable.
During the second day of NPHW 2015, the public health community will focus on these regional disparities.