Public Health Week slated

Staff report

The Fulton County Health Department will celebrate National Public Health Week with an open house today, Tuesday, April 5, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The tour is one part of an educational effort to reach a goal of making the United States the “Healthiest Nation in One Generation” by 2030.

According to the FCHD, Americans are living 20 years longer than their grandparents’ generation. Yet, people in many other high-income countries live longer and suffer fewer health issues. It’s a challenge the public health community is uniquely positioned to help overcome.

The public health community includes medical practitioners, non-profit agencies focused on health and safety promotion, and research and governmental agencies at the global, federal, state, and local levels, all working toward a common goal of improved health and safety. The FCHD will host the open house to spotlight the many professions and services working to improve the health of the population.

During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the nation. For nearly 20 years, APHA has served as the organizer of NPHW.

Every year, the association develops a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers and practitioners about issues related to each year’s theme.

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Staff report