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Posted: April 6, 2018 11:34 a.m.
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National Public Health Awareness Week

National Public Health Week is celebrated this year April 2-8. The theme is a multifaceted one with emphasis placed on a variety of an important health topics to include behavioral health, communicable diseases, environmental health, injury and violence prevention and ensuring the right to health. “Healthiest Nations 2030, changing our Future Together” is the initiative being highlighted on a national and global level by the National Public Health Association. 

This is a time to shine the light on the countless number of public health professionals and the organizations they represent, across the nation. This initiative highlights the necessity and importance of building a nation of safe and healthier communities. So much has been achieved since the onset of our nation’s first health departments, but yet there is still much work to be done. Americans are living 20 years longer than their grandparents’ generation, largely thanks to the work of public health.

Did you know? The National Public Health Association first county health departments were established in 1908. From the 1930s through the 1950s, state and local health departments made substantial progress in disease prevention activities, including sewage disposal, water treatment, food safety, organized solid waste disposal, and public education about hygienic practices (e.g., food handling and hand washing).

The discoveries didn’t just stop there, chlorination and other treatments to create safer drinking water, serologic testing to diagnose and control many infectious diseases, such as syphilis and gonorrhea. The incidence of tuberculosis (TB) also declined as improvements in housing reduced crowding and TB control programs were initiated.

Yet, despite all the early advancements in health care and ongoing new research developments in the United States, there are other high-income countries living longer and suffering fewer health issues than we do. This is defining the challenge of our generation that we, the public health community, are uniquely positioned to help overcome. 

This is why, during National Public Health Week 2018, Generation Public Health is rallying around a goal of making the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation — by 2030. To ensure everyone has a chance at a long and healthy life, we must tackle the underlying causes of poor health and disease risk. We know these causes are rooted in how and where we live, learn, work and play. We need your help…join the movement! Stand up for safer and healthier communities. Visit www.nphw.org to learn more about this exciting movement. 

Winn Army Public Health is the pulse of prevention for our military community. Our team constantly gathers and analyzes data related to infectious disease, and chronic illness for outreach education, health screens, development of programs and clinical interventions to address the needs of our Families. For more information contact Army Public Health Nursing, Bldg.308, or call at 912-435-5071.



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