National Public Health Week – April 5-11 2021

Welcome to National Public Health Week!

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.

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History of National Public Health Week

The observance of 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 that unites people around the work on 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.

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National Public Health Week 2021 and How to Celebrate It

This year, the National Public Health Week is scheduled between the 5th and 11th of April and will be organized around the 2021 theme: “Building Bridges to Better Health”

This year, every day will have a different theme:

  • Monday: Rebuilding
  • Tuesday: Advancing Racial Equity
  • Wednesday: Strengthening Community
  • Thursday: Galvanizing Climate Justice
  • Friday: Constructing Covid Resilience
  • Saturday: Uplifting Mental Health and Awareness
  • Sunday: Elevating the Essential and Health Workforce

The future National Public Health Week dates are:

  •         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.

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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.

Your NPHW Toolkit for 2021

Other APHA activities you can partake in includes:

Reading the APHA’s Executive Director – Georges Benjamin’s Welcome letter.

Attend one of the myriad of events around NPHW online.

Host your own event.

Help by promoting National Public Health Week.

Participate in APHA’s Keep It Moving Challenge.

Make a pledge to create a healthier America for all.

View the sample NPHW Publication.

You can let us know how you are celebrating National Public Health Week by posting videos and images of your activities on our Facebook page, or on our Instagram page.

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Hesitate no more, and join the National Public Health Week!

For more exciting events and observances that take place in the month of April, you can read our other blog posts on World Health Day, and Mental Health Awareness Month.