The American Public Health Association (APHA) connects communities all over the United States to observe National Public Health Week. The NPHW takes place during the first full week of April each year. This event is the time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the nation. Every year, there are new NPHW materials created by the APHA, which can be used during and after this event to raise awareness about public health and prevention.
History of the National Public Health Week
The National Public Health Week was first established and declared in 1995. Since then, communities across the States have observed the time as an opportunity to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the public’s health. The NPHW is a great event which unites people around critical issues. Moreover, it aims to focus the collective energy on the singular goal of helping people live longer, happier, and healthier lives.
APHA has served as the organizer of NPHW for over 20 years. Each and every year, there is a national campaign developed by APHA whose goal is to educate the public, policymakers, and practitioners about problems related to each year’s theme.
National Public Health Week 2019 and How to Celebrate It
This year, the National Public Health Week is April 1-7 and will be organized around the 2019 theme: “Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health.”
The APHA’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Expo, which took place in Philadelphia, had the same theme.
The future National Public Health Week dates are:
- April 6-12, 2020;
- April 5-11, 2021
- April 4-10, 2022
- April 3-9, 2023
APHA has been organizing the National Public Health Week for years and it acknowledges the contributions of public health workers and educates communities to create the healthiest nation. The NPHW highlights the importance of prevention and the impact people can have if they truly address the social determinants of health.
In fact, the National Public Health Week is the perfect time for people to come together. If you are wondering how to celebrate it, we’ve got the answers. Hence, you can choose to become an NPHW partner, join the Generation Public Health, sign up for the 1 Billion Steps Challenge, or plan a National Public Health Week event in your town.
You can join the National Public Health Week and become part of the growing movement. By doing so, you will be able to create the healthiest nation in one generation. Moreover, you will support health policies, commemorate the importance of prevention, share strategies for successful partnerships, and highlight the role of a strong public health system.
Hesitate no more, but join the National Public Health Week!