This week is National Public Health Week (NPHW), a time where communities and organizations around the country focus on improving the health of the United States. Each day of this week has a theme to help raise awareness and bring about change in healthcare issues, with the goal of making the U.S. the healthiest nation in a generation.
Click each link to learn more about the issues at hand.
Monday: Healthy Communities
Tuesday: Violence Prevention
Wednesday: Rural Health
Thursday: Technology and Public Health
Friday: Climate Change
Saturday and Sunday: Global Health
At Frontier Nursing University (FNU), we are always striving to make a positive impact in healthcare. This is why we want our students, faculty, and alumni to jump in and participate in National Public Health Week in order to raise awareness and make change!
Here are a few ways you can celebrate National Public Health Week:
- Join Generation Public Health
Generation Public Health provides a pledge anyone can take to commit to making positive change to public health in America. Whether you are promoting a healthy lifestyle in your community or lobbying for political changes to improve healthcare, anyone can be a part of the movement.
- Get Your Community Moving with the Billion Steps Challenge
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is leading an initiative to help people become more physically active. APHA’s goal is to reach 1 billion collective steps across the nation by the end of NPHW. Get a group from your workplace, school or neighborhood to sign up and start walking! Don’t forget to take pictures and use #APHABillionSteps in your social media posts.
- Organize a Health Event in Your Community
Feeling inspired by National Public Health Week? Use this week as a springboard to start an event promoting health in your community. You could organize a 5k, a free flu shot clinic, or even plant a community garden where fruits and vegetables can be grown for the public. There are many creative and fun ways to positively impact the health in your community!
- Attend a NPHW Event Near You
Because this is a week to celebrate and promote health in the entire U.S., health centers, universities, and communities around the nation are hosting Public Health events. Check out NPWH’s list of events to see if there is an event near you. These events will give you a chance to learn more about public health and connect with others who want to see positive changes in healthcare in your community.
- Follow NPHW 2019 on Twitter
NPHW has a Twitter page with more great tips on how to get involved in this week’s celebrations. If you aren’t able to attend any of the in-person events, you won’t want to forget to RSVP to the NPHW Twitter Chat event this Wednesday, April 3rd at 2 p.m. ET. They will be discussing healthcare topics and all things related to public health. This is a great opportunity to learn more about where the public health movement is going and how you can be a part of it.
How do you plan to celebrate National Public Health Week? Share a photo on Twitter or Facebook and tag Frontier Nursing University so that we can see how our students, faculty, and alumni are making a difference in Public Health!