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National Public Health Week

National Public Health Week

National Public Health Week is organized by the American Public Health Association to bring together communities nationwide to recognize the importance of public health and to highlight issues that are important to improving the country. National Public Health Week 2014 will take place from April 7–13 and focus on guiding communities through the evolving public health system with the theme “Public Health: Start Here.”

Visit the website (www.nphw.org) today to get involved; helpful Toolkit (http://www.nphw.org/tools-and-tips/toolkit) and a list of Books & Resources (http://www.nphw.org/tools-and-tips/media-resources) to assist in raising awareness about public health and prevention.

Each day of the week will focus on a different aspect of the overall theme. The themes are linked here http://www.nphw.org/tools-and-tips/themes with information and resources to help in addressing each one within your community.

  • Monday, April 7Be healthy from the start. From maternal health and school nutrition to emergency preparedness, public health starts at home. Let us show you around.
  • Tuesday, April 8Don’t panic. Disaster preparedness starts with community-wide commitment and action. We’re here to help you weather the unexpected.
  • Wednesday, April 9Get out ahead. Prevention is now a nationwide priority. Let us show you where you fit in.
  • Thursday, April 10Eat well. The system that keeps our nation’s food safe and healthy is complex. We can guide you through the choices.
  • Friday, April 11Be the healthiest nation in one generation. Best practices for community health come from around the globe. We have a world of public      health to show you.

The Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical is partnering with the Worcester Division of Public Health (WDPH) to celebrate the importance of public health in the community.

Local events in the Worcester, MA area include:

Worcester Division of Public Health Open House

Monday, April 7, 5:30-6:30 pm, 25 Meade St. Room 109

The open house is a way for members of the community to meet WDPH staff, learn the functions of the department, find out how to become involved in community projects and have questions about the department answered. College students are encouraged to come and explore internship opportunities through the Academic Health Department. There will be blood pressure screenings conducted by the WDPH nursing staff.

Public Health Film Screening

Wednesday, April 9, 5-6 pm at the Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Street

A film about a public health issue will be screened at the public library, followed by a discussion of the film.

Public Health Career Panel

Friday, April 11, 11 am-12 pm at Higgins University Center, Clark University, 950 Main Street, Worcester

The panel is open to the public, and current college students throughout Worcester are encouraged to attend. The panel will include five public health professionals from the local community and aims to promote public health in our community, and engage students who are interested in entering the public health field. The panel will be structured as a Question and Answer session with a moderator taking questions from the audience.

More information is available at http://www.worcesterma.gov/ocm/public-health.

Find out of your organization can become a partner and submit your events to the official NPHW calendar; take action by sending messages to members of Congress on a variety of current public health issues via the APHA website, (http://action.apha.org/site/PageNavigator/Advocacy), and attend an APHA event such as the NPHW Twitter Chat on Wednesday, 4/9. Stay tuned for exciting NPHW announcements on APHA’s Facebook page.

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