National Public Health Week
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National Public Health Week is celebrated the first week of April each year. This year’s theme is Healthy Missouri 2030: Making Communities Stronger. Good personal health is connected to good public health. Each individual has an impact on the health of the nation. We continue to achieve our goal as the healthiest nation in one generation.
Public health continues to improve the health of individuals and communities. Missouri consists of 115 local public health agencies and 10 area agencies on aging that assist promoting, educating and protecting Missourians’ health and safety. From the beginning of life to the end of life, public health surrounds you.
As we celebrate the accomplishments public health has made over the years, we focus on these public health facts:
- Build a nation of safe, healthy communities
Health must be a priority in designing our communities, from healthy housing to parks and playgrounds.
- Help all young people graduate from high school
Education is the leading indicator of good health, giving people access to better jobs, incomes and neighborhoods.
- The relationship between increased economic mobility and better health
It’s time to fix our country’s growing income inequality and the unhealthy stresses it puts on adults and children.
- Social justice & health
Everyone has the right to good health. We must remove barriers so everyone has the same opportunity to improve their lives and their health.
- Give everyone a choice of healthy food
Our food system should provide affordable food with nutritious ingredients, free from harmful contaminants.
- Preparing for the health effects of climate change
Our health is connected to our environments. What happens upstream to our environments at work, school and home affects our health downstream.
- Provide quality health care for everyone
Health reform was just a start. To fulfill its potential, we must continue to pursue options for expanded access to quality care at the federal, state and local levels.
- Strengthen the public health infrastructure
Strong and consistent funding levels are necessary for the public health system to respond to both everyday health threats and unexpected health emergencies.