Health advocates all over the country will be celebrating April 5-11 as National Public Health Week. The theme for this year’s observance is “A Healthier America: One Community at a Time.” Sponsored by the American Public Health Association, that week is dedicated to public health and community-focused events that support this theme and public health initiatives, in general. As part of the Drug-Free Communities Support Program, there is a lot your coalition can do to bring forth the message of creating a healthier community. In connection to national events, your coalition can choose to participate in local area events or use online resources to create an event when the time is right for your community.
In 1995, former President Bill Clinton proclaimed the first full week of April as National Public Health Week. Each year since then, the public health community has celebrated this observance by focusing on an issue that is important to improving the public’s health. The American Public Health Association serves as the organizer of NPHW and develops a national campaign to educate the public, policy-makers and practitioners about issues related to that year’s theme. APHA creates comprehensive planning, organizing and outreach materials that can be used during and after the week to raise awareness.