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How You Can Support National Public Health Week in 2019

How You Can Support National Public Health Week in 2019

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By Samer Koutoubi, M.D., Ph.D.
Program Director and Faculty Member, Public Health, American Military University

Let’s make America the healthiest nation in one generation.

American Public University System is proud to partner with the American Public Health Association (APHA) to celebrate National Public Health Week April 1-7.

At APUS, we take health and education seriously and we are committed to prepare our public health students to serve as practitioners, researchers and instructors and effectively carry out broad public health functions.

The mission of the Public Health program at APUS is to prepare and educate students to promote health and well-being as public health practitioners through excellence in teaching, research, and service in preparation for leadership opportunities in a diverse and global society through a student-focused learning environment. We want to be partners in creating public health policies that benefit our communities and create community health-based programs to prevent chronic diseases.

During each day of National Public Health Week, we will focus on one particular public health topic on which we can make an impact. These areas are critical to our success in creating the healthiest nation in the world. Everyone can do their part to help.

National Public Health Week 2019 Daily Themes

Monday, April 1Healthy Communities

Forum: Building Healthy Communities from the Grassroots, 1-3 p.m.
Keynote address by Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, Founder and President of the National Birth Equity

According to Healthy Cities/Healthy Communities, a healthy community is one in which all systems work well (and work together), and in which all citizens enjoy a good quality of life. This means that the health of the community is affected by the social determinants of health and development – the factors that influence individual and community health and development.

Tuesday, April 2Violence Prevention

How public health is working to prevent violence and be part of the solution: APHA/Aetna Foundation/US News Healthiest Communities announcement briefing, 3 p.m.

NPHW Trivia night (6-8 p.m., Board Room, 1737 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.  Public health professionals will meet, network with other colleagues, and compete for prizes by engaging in four rounds of public health trivia.

For more information, please contact Lindsey Wahowiak at 202-777-2508 or via email at lindsey.wahowiak@apha.org.

Wednesday, April 3Rural Health

NPHW Twitter Chat, 2-3 p.m. #NPHWchat.

  • A chat about all things public health, celebrate everything public health has accomplished and talk about where the movement is going.

Creating healthier rural communities should be our focus and top priority. Improved access to health care in rural areas and utilizing systems such as telemedicine should give rural residents access to healthcare and link rural physicians, nurses, and caregivers with urban doctors and specialist. This is a great way to eliminate referrals to an urban medical center.

Thursday, April 4 — Technology and Public Health

Students are invited to participate in and network with other public health professionals to discuss how they made the jump from public health students to public health workers. Students will learn valuable information on how to find internships, build a resume, and work their way up in an organization once they graduate.

Friday, April 5Climate Change

  • Climate change is one of the biggest threats to public health.

Climate change is real and it is affecting our citizens’ and communities’ health. All natural disasters including hurricanes, flooding, and others will jeopardize the health and wellness of our communities including children, elderly, and individuals living with chronic diseases. More communications is needed especially the health-related consequences of climate change between doctors and healthcare providers and the general public and communities. Please check the CDC policy on climate and health.

“The CDC’s Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework” is a five-step process that allows health officials to develop strategies and programs to help communities prepare for the health effects of climate change.

The APHA’s Climate Change, Health, and Equity: A Guide for Local Health Departments is designed to help local public health departments integrate climate change and health equity into practice.

More in-depth information about the BRACE framework can be found in Building Resilience against Climate Effects—A Novel Framework to Facilitate Climate Readiness in Public Health Agencies.

Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7Global Health

Global health is crucial and can affect America’s health. Recent diseases and global outbreaks such as Ebola, Zika, SARS epidemics and H1N1 Flu are a few examples of how a widespread of viruses can happen. Global efforts are needed to combat such diseases and to prevent the viruses from traveling from one area around the world to another and improve the global health and the health of our people.

The CDC seeks to accelerate progress toward a world safe and secure from infectious disease threats and to promote global health security as an international security priority. Also, the CDC’s Global Rapid Response Team (GRRT) mobilizes quickly to address critical needs that arise from disease outbreaks, at home or overseas, and to stop them at their source. For more information, check out Advancing the Global Health Security Agenda: CDC Achievements & Impact—2017.

The World Health Organization’s top 10 threats to global health in 2019 include: air pollution and climate change, noncommunicable diseases, global influenza pandemic, fragile and vulnerable settings, antimicrobial resistance, Ebola and other high-threat pathogens, weak primary health care, vaccine hesitancy, Dengue and HIV.

Please participate in World Health Day. The global health event takes place on April 7. More information can be found at Universal Health: Everyone, Everywhere.

Changing our health means ensuring conditions where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy. We all have a role to play:

Let’s all make a difference by volunteering in our local school and community and becoming mentors and partners with the APHA.

We are Generation Public Health!

About the Author 

Dr. Samer Koutoubi earned his Ph.D. in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University in 2001. He earned his M.D. degree in 1988 from Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Dr. Koutoubi’s research focuses on coronary heart disease among tri-ethnic groups including African-Americans, Caucasians and Hispanics. His interest is in disease prevention and wellness, epidemiological research, cardiovascular disease and nutrition, homocysteine metabolism, lipoprotein metabolism, and cultural food and health. Dr. Koutoubi has also authored a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals and written a book review. He served as the Editor-in-Chief for The Internet Journal of Alternative Medicine and reviewed manuscripts for The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Ethnicity and Disease Journal, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and The Journal of The National Medical Association. Dr. Koutoubi has written for several blogs, such as In Homeland Security, Online Learning Tips, MultiBriefs, Medium and Healthcare POV. He has also been quoted in national magazines and newspapers, including Natural Health Magazine, Energy Time, Well Being Journal, Northwest Prime Time and Natural Food Merchandiser.