National Public Health Week in the SE/A
by Sheila Snow-Croft, Public Health Coordinator
This week is National Public Health Week (NPHW), organized annually by the American Public Health Association, in an effort to spotlight issues important to the public’s health. This year’s theme is “A Healthier America: One Community at a Time.” For overall information see http://www.nphw.org. Books and resources, a planner’s guide and toolkit, media outreach materials, legislative information, downloadable logos and many other resources are available. For events across the country, see the calendar at http://www.nphw.org/events/calendar.
Each day of the week will focus on a different aspect of the overall theme:
- Monday – A Healthier America and YOU: The impact your health has on your community
- Tuesday – Your Community: The impact your community’s health has on the nation
- Wednesday – Your School: How education and school policies can improve students’ health
- Thursday – Your Workplace: How healthy employees and healthy businesses can effect real change
- Friday – Your Nation: How the nation’s health is dependent on all individuals and communities.
Also, Friday is also National Public Health Student Day.
Here are just a few of the activities SE/A Network members are doing to spotlight National Public Health Week. Feel free to add your own institution’s activities in the comments section of this blogpost. Together, one community at a time, we can make a Healthier America!
The Health Sciences Library at Mercer School of Medicine in Savannah is doing a book sale.
- St. Petersburg College Health Education Center in Florida, together with the National University of Health Sciences, is having a panel discussion on “Healthy Living – How To Incorporate It Into Your Daily Life.”
- The Graduate Program in Public Health and MPH Class of 2013 at Eastern Virginia Medical School are sponsoring an event called “Got Wellness? Get It…” and the Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library will have a booth to promote free consumer health information.
- North Carolina State University is doing a display on healthy and safe walking with pets
- Geethra Sridaran will be providing a health literacy class for South Cobb Regional Library, part of a series of these classes she has been providing on her own time for public librarians in the area.
- Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences at the University of Alabama Birmingham is hosting a PHSA-sponsored poster display on injury prevention, having an HIV-testing day at the library, and staffing a booth at the Public Health Research Day event on Tuesday where they’ll be demoing their new evidence-based public health LibGuide.
- The NIH Library in Bethesda is making this a month long activity by (1) highlighting staff that support researchers working in the field of public health, (2) promoting National Public Health Week, (3) promoting a public health resource, and (4) discussing ways to stay abreast of what is going on in the field. Look for their work at (http://nihlibrary.nih.gov/pages/default.aspx)