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National Public Health Week: April 2-8, 2012

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Since 1995, when the first full week of April was declared National Public Health Week (NPHW), communities across the United States have observed NPHW as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the public’s health. This year’s theme, “A Healthier America Begins Today. Join the Movement!” will address the issue of prevention and wellnes to ensure that all is being done to ensure our nation’s health.

The American Public Health Association (APHA) serves as the organizer of NPHW and develops a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers and practitioners about issues related to that year’s theme. APHA creates comprehensive planning, organizing and outreach materials that can be used during and after the week to raise awareness.

But APHA cannot do it alone. The success of National Public Health Week lies with each and every organization and individual who takes up the cause of public health and seeks to improve health in their communities.

For more information on National Public Health Week, including ideas for planning and promotion, see: http://www.nphw.org. The NPHW toolkit includes fact sheets, outreach materials, suggested community events, and more.

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