MCHD observes National Public Health Week 04.03.2024

April 3, 2024

MCHD observes National Public Health Week

MOBILE, Ala. — Since the first full week of April was declared National Public Health Week (NPHW) in 1995, communities 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.

At the Mobile County Health Department, NPHW is observing this year from April 1-7. The theme in 2024 is “Protecting, Connecting and Thriving: We Are All Public Health.” MCHD will recognize these daily themes:

Monday, April 1 is “Civic Engagement”: Civic engagement, the actions that we and our communities take to identify and address problems, shapes our opportunities to be healthy. By taking actions to get more civically engaged, like voting, we exercise our right to make decisions about our communities, like whether our neighborhoods have walkable sidewalks, how much funding goes to reproductive health clinics in our states, and how prepared the nation’s infrastructure is for future pandemics and disasters.

Tuesday, April 2 is “Healthy Neighborhoods”: We know that where we live – where we eat, sleep, work, play, learn, and pray – can have a huge effect on our health. But what makes a neighborhood healthy? Having safe places to live, without hazards or pollution. There should be safe ways for everyone to be active, like sidewalks and safe places to bike. Having easy access to fresh, affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food. When our neighborhoods are healthy, we have the building blocks for healthy lives.

Wednesday, April 3 is “Climate Change”: Climate change is the most pressing threat to human health that our world faces today. Some groups of people, including communities of color and low-income neighborhoods, are disproportionately impacted by climate change. They face decades of limited investment in their health and increased pollution in their neighborhoods.

Thursday, April 4 is “New Tools and Innovations”: Public health is all about preventing disease, diagnosing health conditions, and encouraging health and well-being. However, achieving these goals wouldn’t be possible without the help of new tools and innovations in public health.

Friday, April 5 is “Reproductive and Sexual Health”: When people have access to quality reproductive and sexual health care and education, they can live happier and healthier lives. However, reproductive and sexual health justice is under attack, with more than 500 anti-LGBTQ+ bills being introduced in 2023 alone and 43 states banning or heavily restricting access to safe abortions.

Saturday, April 6 is “Emergency Preparedness”: Unexpected events such as power outages and natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes can happen without a moment’s notice. That is why being ready for emergencies is crucial.

Sunday, April 7 is “Future of Public Health”: Public health needs to take a fresh approach — one rooted in fairness and inclusivity. Picture this: a world where equity isn’t just a buzzword but a guiding principle. Communities are at the heart of decision-making and actively shaping their health, not sidelined. Public health’s future is all about teaming up — joining forces with unexpected partners from different sectors and centering community voices.

Public health saves money, improves our quality of life, helps children thrive, and reduces human suffering. To learn more about the celebration, visit www.nphw.org.

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