National Public Health Week set for April 4-10

April 1, 2022

National Public Health Week set for April 4-10

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 4-10. The theme in 2022 is “Public Health is Where You Are.” MCHD and Family Health — its primary care division — will celebrate these daily themes:

Monday, April 4 is “Racism: A Public Health Crisis”: Racist inequities in health care, income, housing, education have widened during the COVID-19 pandemic, harming health and well-being.

Tuesday, April 5 is “Public Health Workforce: Essential to our Future”: The public health workforce is essential to our future.

Wednesday, April 6 is “Community: Collaboration and Resilience”: We must work together to improve housing, education, food, transportation, and the environment to support equity, resilience and the health of our communities and the people who live, work, play and learn there.

Thursday, April 7 is “World Health Day: Health is a Human Right”: Celebrate World Health Day this National Public Health Week by supporting continued funding for U.S. global health efforts.

Friday, April 8 is “Accessibility: Closing the Health Equity Gap”: We can close the health equity gap by reducing health disparities in health insurance, increasing physical accessibility to care, improving availability of appropriate care, and building more inclusive public health programs and communities.

Saturday, April 9 is “Climate Change: Taking Action for Equity”: While climate change hurts everyone, people of color and those with lower incomes experience greater health harms.

Sunday, April 10 is “Mental Wellness: Redefining the Meaning of Health”: Each year, one in five Americans will experience mental illness.

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 6 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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