National Public Health Week (NPHW) has come and gone and thanks to the support of public health advocates around the country it was another great success! This year, nearly 400 local, state, national, and federal organizations signed-up as partners to help raise awareness around the importance of public health. Just as he did in 2015, President Obama helped kick things off by issuing an official NPHW Presidential Proclamation for 2016.
Hundreds of local events took place throughout and around the week in local communities throughout the U.S. On the national level, the American Public Health Association (APHA) hosted multiple events that engaged public health enthusiasts throughout the country. A few of the highlights from the week are below:
- The NPHW Forum featured a panel of experts who brought their unique perspectives to the table for a discussion on what the U.S. needs to do to become the healthiest nation in one generation. This kick-off event had more than 1,100 people attend in person and watch live via webcast. View the recording below:
- The 6th Annual NPHW Twitter chat once again brought together a large and diverse audience for one of the best public health discussions of the year. More than 1,000 participants joined in the hour long conversation, including many health departments, universities, and federal organizations. 5,000 tweets were submitted during the event which translated into nearly 90 million media impressions using the hashtag #NPHWchat. Check out APHA’s NPHW Storify for some of the highlights!
- APHA released a new infographic detailing the benefits of investing in prevention and public health and where the U.S. needs to improve. Share this message and help raise awareness about these important issues.
- On the Friday of NPHW, which is historically student day, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy joined APHA staff to engage with students around the country in a virtual town hall meeting. The Surgeon General spent an hour answering questions that viewers submitted and emphasized the importance of our next generation of public health workers. Check out the recording below:
NPHW was also the platform for two exciting new announcements from APHA and partner organizations. APHA, with the Aetna Foundation, and the National Association of Counties, in partnership with CEOs for Cities launched the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. This multi-year program will award more than $1.5 million in prizes for cross-sector work that results in measurable changes in a variety of health-related areas, including walkability and community safety.
APHA also launched the 1 Billion Steps Challenge, a new walking challenge to get people moving as we work towards the goal of becoming the healthiest nation by 2030. You are encouraged to sign up and join APHA and others throughout the nation as they try to take 1 billion collective steps by May 31.
Thank you to everyone who supported NPHW. With the help of public health advocates around the country the campaign has continued to grow and help bring much-needed awareness to critical public health issues.
Pictures and video courtesy the American Public Health Association.