Celebrate National Public Health Week

April 1–7 is National Public Health Week (NPHW), a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the health of our nation. This year's theme—“Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money”—highlights the value of prevention and the importance of well-supported public health systems in preventing disease, saving lives, and curbing health care spending. The work you are doing in your communities is championing the work of public health!

The American Public Health Association (APHA), which serves as the organizer of NPHW, has developed a national campaign to educate the public about issues related to this year's theme. APHA has created materials that can be used during and after NPHW to raise awareness about public health and prevention.

Materials include daily themes that focus on health where you live, learn, work, and play. Friday is Empowering a Healthy Community Day. Want to get involved? Join the NPHW Twitter Chat, share stories of success in your community, and use the Partner Toolkit to organize your own media event!

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