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April 3, 2017 2:12 PMCategory: Health Equity

National Public Health Week 2017

Today is the first day of National Public Health Week (NPHW) 2017 and we hope you’re excited!  This year’s NPHW will take place from April 3-9.  We are celebrating NPHW and bringing together communities across the U.S. to recognize the contributions of public health and educate the community on important issues for improving the health of our nation.

To change the culture of health, we need to move outside the domain of health care and address a complex web of social and environmental factors to make healthy living easier where people live, learn, work, and play.  Solutions include expanding options for active transportation, supporting safe and accessible spaces for play and exercise, offering more nutritious school meals, creating more high school graduates, and placing more emphasis on preventing chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes.

Here are a few ways to take action and to make the connection between your work and NPHW:

  • Check out the NPHW website for many great resources available to help you get involved in this year’s NPHW. Make sure to look through the toolkit, review the facts for the week and check out the calendar of events to see what’s going on in your community and across the country.
    • We encourage you to become a partner and submit your NPHW event so that others may join you in your efforts to help us become the healthiest nation in one generation!
  • Stay tuned to the NPHW Calendar Page for information and updates on this year’s NPHW activities. These activities are a great way to have fun and get involved in NPHW. Don’t miss out!
  • Stay connected with NPHW by following us on Twitter. Here you can stay up-to-date on what’s going on and get more information on upcoming NPHW events!
    • Make sure to join us for our sixth annual NPHW Twitter Chat! This event will be held on Wednesday, April 5, at 2 pm ET. RSVP online and use the official NPHW hashtag, #NPHWChat to join this conversation.

Today, APA also announced that it has joined a coalition of eight national organizations to advance healthy communities through a Joint Call to Action to Promote Healthy Communities. This release builds upon much of our work over the past decade, especially through the Planning and Community Health Center, and broadens the field of partners available to create stronger communities of lasting value.

In addition to APA, signatories include: American Institute of Architects, American Public Health Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Landscape Architects, National Recreation and Park Association, U.S. Green Building Council, and Urban Land Institute.

As a signatory to the Joint Call to Action, APA calls upon members to collaborate with their peers from allied organizations to create healthier, more equitable communities. Planners have the training, knowledge, skills and commitment to equity that support community well being.

The Joint Call to Action has four pillars:

  1. Build Relationships
  2. Establish Health Goals
  3. Implement Strategies to Improve Health
  4. Share Expertise

We know that where we live, work, and play has a major role in shaping our health – and planners have a major role in shaping each of those places.

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