Public Health Week to focus on improving health, raising awareness

On April 6-10, the Tennessee Public Health Association will again be partnering with local, state and national public health organizations to celebrate National Public Health Week. This year’s theme is “Building the Foundation for a Healthy America.”

The focus will be on improving the nation’s health, raising awareness about the critical role of public health in ensuring a healthy America.

“It’s time for Tennesseans to realize we each have a role in making our community and our nation healthier,” said Dr. Bob Stolarick, president of the Tennessee Public Health Association, in a press release. “Public health is the foundation of our health system and must therefore be part of the national health discussion.”

Since the early 1900s, public health departments statewide have worked to improve health for all Tennesseans. “Public health is at work all around us,” said Doris Spain, executive director of the Tennessee Public Health Association. “The clean water we drink, the lifesaving vaccines we give our children, the seat belts we wear, routine health screenings for newborns, and the many programs promoting good nutrition and physical activity-all of these are examples of public health at work in our communities.”

During Tennessee’s Public Health Week celebration, events will focus on various aspects of public health in homes, schools, workplaces, communities and the nation. According to Dr. Stolarick, “we can’t afford to solve only one piece of the larger puzzle. By working together, we can foster awareness of the importance of all aspects of public health to our community, our state, and our nation.”

For more information about National Public Health Week, visit www.nphw.org.

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