National Public Health Week set for April 3-9

April 3, 2023

National Public Health Week set for April 3-9

MOBILE, Alabama — 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 will be observed this year from April 3-9. The theme in 2023 is “Centering and Celebrating Cultures in Health.” MCHD and Family Health — its primary care division — will recognize these daily themes:

Monday, April 3 is “Community”: Community is where we are. It’s our connections with others who share similar interests, attitudes, and goals.

Tuesday, April 4 is “Violence Prevention”: National data show gun-related deaths are on the rise: in 2020, the U.S. was home to 19,384 homicides and 24,292 suicides involving guns. Those numbers are the highest documented levels in a decade.

Wednesday, April 5 is “Reproductive and Sexual Health”: When people receive quality reproductive and sexual health care, education, and access, they can fulfill a happier and healthier life.

Thursday, April 6 is “Mental Health”: Mental health is important at every stage of life. It continuously affects how we think, feel and act. It also plays an important role in our physical and social well-being.

Friday, April 7 is “Rural Health”: Fourteen percent of Americans live in rural areas. Rural Americans have higher rates of cigarette smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Saturday, April 8 is “Accessibility”: About 26 percent of U.S. adults have a disability, though Native Americans and senior citizens are disproportionately affected by disabilities.

Sunday, April 9 is “Food and Nutrition”: Food and nutrition are at the core of many public health concerns, from chronic disease to climate change.

In 2021, MCHD established a Health Equity Office to address health disparities in Mobile County. Members of the team will appear in videos throughout NPHW to discuss the daily themes, as well as be the guests on the next Wellness Wednesday episode slated for April 5 on MCHD’s social media channels.

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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