This upcoming week will be National Public Health Week!
For this week-long, yearly event, there are daily themes and fact sheets available on the National Public Health Week webpage.
The themes are as follows: On Monday April 5th – rebuilding, Tuesday April 6th – advancing racial equality, Wednesday April 7th – strengthening community, Thursday April 8th – galvanizing climate justice, Friday April 9th – constructing COVID-19 resilience, Saturday April 10th – uplifting mental health and wellness, and Sunday April 11th – elevating the essential and health workforce.
With each daily theme, there is focus on specific health topics and identifying of ways that the community can help to address the issues regarding these topics. See a brief summary of what these topics include below:
Rebuilding involves addressing developments in science, reinforcing public health infrastructure, maintaining social distancing and mask wearing for the safety of the community, and seeking justice for those disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
Advancing Racial Equality & Strengthening the Community
COVID-19 has inadvertently brought to light increased racism, especially among the Asian community. As an ongoing public health crisis, it is extremely important for community members to work towards advancements in racial equality. Members of the community are urged to voice their concerns with members of Congress to fight these disparities.
Galvanizing Climate Justice
Climate change is a growing issue that affects people from all aspects of life. Rising global temperatures causes an increase in illness and disease. By working to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, we can aid in lowering the health consequences associated with these dangerous emissions.
Constructing COVID-19 Resilience
Mask wearing can not only reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, but also help to direct communities back to some degree of normalcy. When we take all of the necessary safety precautions, we are not only protecting ourselves, but also others in the community who may be more vulnerable to infectious disease.
Uplifting Mental Health and Wellness
COVID-19 restrictions and lock-downs have taken their toll on communities throughout the world. It is important to remember that mental health is an important component of community and public health, and remains one of the biggest health issues in the United States. Front-line and essential workers are at an increased risk for mental health problems. If you or someone you know is in need of mental health services, you are urged to contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration national helpline at: 1-800-HELP, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 1-800-273-8255.
Evaluating the Essential and Health Workforce
Only a small percentage of workers in the United States integrated to remote work-from-home positions during the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that majority of workers were at a high risk of contracting the disease, as they were still expected to man their business positions in the field. In order to elevate the workforce, it is important to follow CDC guidelines such as social distancing, wearing a mask, washing your hands, and providing the proper safety equipment in response to the pandemic.
To get more information, view the National Public Health Week webpage here: