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 Public Health: Better Health. Better Missouri. 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 five daily themes:
- Monday, April 6: Raising the Grade. Missouri trails other states in life expectancy and other measures of good health, and this holds true across all ages and income levels. Individuals can take small steps to improve their health and communities can make a big difference by starting the conversation with leaders and community groups to make health the easier, available choice.
- Tuesday, April 7: Starting from Zip. Today, your zip code says too much about your health. Across America, there are unacceptable disparities in health by race and ethnic group, state by state and even county by county. The effort to make Missouri a healthier state starts with equity across our communities.
- Wednesday, April 8: Building Momentum. Influential leaders, companies and organizations are taking important steps in line with creating a healthier state, just look at recent actions by your local public health department, city/county government and community organizations.
- Thursday, April 9: Building Broader Connections. In the work to become a healthier state we can’t do it all on our own. We have to expand our partnerships to collaborate with city planners, education officials, public, private and for-profit organizations, employers - everyone who has an impact on our health.
- Friday, April 10: Building on 20 Years of Success. 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of National Public Health Week and the accomplishments of the public health community over the last two decades are significant, such as a 25-year improvement in the average lifespan for Americans and a 70 percent reduction in HIV/AIDS-related deaths. During this week, help raise awareness of the critical role that public health and prevention play in keeping individuals and communities healthy