|Thank you to President Barak Obama for recognizing National Public Health Week! In his presidential message, Obama noted that public health plays a critical part in improving people’s health and he thanked public health workers for their “tireless efforts.”
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a fiscal year 2015 budget that would significantly reduce funding for public health and important safety net programs, repeal the Affordable Care Act and drastically cut the Medicaid program. As we celebrate the importance of public health during National Public Health Week, your representative needs to hear from you that proposed cuts to public health funding and other health programs are not acceptable. Take the time to send a message and urge your representative to vote "No" on the budget resolution when it comes to the full House for a vote!
Don’t miss today’s NPHW activities and discussions:
Twitter chat: public health system transformation
Wednesday April 9, 2-3 p.m. EDT
Join us for a live conversation focused around this year’s theme of public health system transformation. Don’t miss your chance to engage with public health leaders and professionals, officials from federal agencies and notable public health advocates! Make sure you are following us on Twitter, @NPHW, and use the hashtag #NPHWchat to participate.
Tele-town hall – Chronic Disease, Air Pollution & Public Health: Risk, Prevention, & Preparedness
Wednesday, April 9, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. EDTToday’s tele-townhall discussion features U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh, MD, MPH, as well as national health leaders from the American Lung Association and American Public Health Association. The discussion will focus on the health impacts of air pollution, including worsening conditions due to climate change.
Food Justice, Obesity & the Social Determinants of Health
Thursday, April 10, at 2 p.m. EDT
Join us for a webinar on the importance of access to healthy food. Speakers will include Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, APHA president-elect, and Cecilia Martinez, PhD, of the Center for Earth, Energy & Democracy.
NPHW Active Transportation Hangout on Air
Friday, April 11 at 2 p.m. EDT
Making active transportation a realistic, affordable and convenient option for all transportation users will help reduce negative health impacts and also promote physical activity, recreation and environmental preservation. Join us for a Google+ Hangout on Air featuring a panel of public health experts and advocates.
We’ve had some great NPHW successes so far and we’re looking forward to many more. Don’t forget to check the NPHW Calendar for events taking place throughout the nation. Follow us on Twitter, @NPHW, and ‘like’ APHA’s Facebook page. Keep checking back each day to see the new #PHNerd graphic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and stay tuned for more NPHW news and events!
Thank you to all of you who attended Monday’s NPHW forum and who tuned in via the webcast! We had a great conversation about public health system transformation. You can read a wrap-up of the forum on Public Health Newswire, and a recording of the forum will be available within the next few days.
If you missed yesterday’s leading health indicators webinar, don’t worry! Visit our website to view the The Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators: Progress Update report.
NPHW’s multi-media page features podcasts, videos and other resources from APHA’s member groups that highlight this year’s theme of "Public Health: Start Here."
Video thoughts from APHA leaders and members
We asked APHA leaders to share what “Public Health: Start Here” means to them and weigh in on what it will take to make the United States the healthiest nation in one generation in our “Words from Leaders” video.
“Get out Ahead”
This special Wednesday podcast features John Lundell, MA, who serves as chair of APHA’s Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section, deputy director of the Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of Iowa, and mayor of Coralville, Iowa. Lundell will talk about what it takes for a community to get out ahead and the important role of prevention.
This special Thursday podcast features Wendy Johnson-Askew, PhD, MPH, chair of APHA’s Food and Nutrition Section and vice president of corporate affairs at Nestlé, as well Sonya Jones, PhD, immediate past chair of APHA’s Food and Nutrition Section and associate professor at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health. They will talk about nutrition and food safety in the United States and what it takes to eat well.
Support Public Health: Start Here
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