Get Involved in Public Health Thank You Day

Public Health Thank You Day Materials

Use Social Media to Thank Public Health Heroes

Public Health Hero Thank You Certificate

Banners and Images

Write a Letter to the Editor

Write a Press Release

use social media to thank public health heroes

Social media is an excellent way to get the word out, and we hope you will help us thank public health professionals, using the official hashtag: #PHTYD

Below are some sample Tweets and Facebook posts to help guide your conversations.

Twitter

Public Health Thank You Day is November 21, 2016. Click here to learn more! #PHTYD

Thanksgiving is near so join @ResearchAmerica in thanking all the #publichealth heroes who work to keep our minds and bodies healthy! #PHTYD

The work of #publichealth professionals runs the gamut, from disease #research & injury prevention to outbreak cessation. #PHTYD

Why not take the lead in thanking your #publichealth heroes? Click here to learn how! #PHTYD

View this @CDCgov infographic to learn how our #publichealth heroes have been working to fight #Zika this year. #PHTYD

#Publichealth heroes don’t just treat disease, they try to halt its spread. Click to learn about ongoing #flu #prevention efforts. #PHTYD

#Publichealth experts’ work goes beyond the physical. They also help bring attention to our #mentalhealth needs. #PHTYD bit.ly/2ewDFWz

81% in US feel it’s imp. to conduct medical/ #healthresearch to understand and eliminate #healthdisparities. #PH experts can help! #PHTYD Here's an image to post with your tweet.

Give your #publichealth hero a thank you certificate. Visit bit.ly/2eVtUFC to find our downloadable template! #PHTYD

Facebook

On November 21, 2016, (MEMBER ORGANIZATION) joins @Research!America and leading U.S. public health organizations to recognize public health professionals and their ongoing efforts to protect the health of all Americans. #PHTYD

It’s #PHTYD! Give thanks to the local public health professionals who strive to keep you and your family, friends, and pets healthy in body and mind.

Have you thanked your local public health professionals lately for all the important work they do? Now is a great time to do so! #PHTYD

Do you remember a time when a public health professional worked to help you and your community? If so, thank them for that today! #PHTYD

Thank you to all the federal, state and local #publichealth heroes who keep us safe from the #flu, #chronic #illnesses and other diseases throughout the year. #PHTYD

Thanks to all the (YOUR STATE) health inspectors, #public health researchers, sanitation workers and (ADD additional public health professions) for protecting us from health threats. #PHTYD

Public health hero thank you certificate

Give your hero a thank you certificate! Download an editable certificate template

Banners and Images

Download Public Health Thank You Day banners to share on social media:

PHTYD Long Banner

PHTYD Small Icon 

Write a Letter to the Editor

Submitting a letter to the editor can be a way to publicly thank public health professionals in your local media outlet. Tailor the LTE to your state or public health organization. Download the template in an editable Word document.  

Sample LTE

This Thanksgiving week, let’s thank our <INSERT NAME OF STATE/CITY> public health professionals who are committed to overcoming challenges and finding solutions to protect the health of all Americans. They dedicate their time and energy to combat disease outbreaks such as the Zika virus and other health threats. These heroes keep our children safe from infectious disease by developing and disseminating vaccines, promote mental health for our veterans and community, and help prevent injuries, among many other efforts!

Along with Research!America, a non-profit alliance representing 125 million Americans, <YOUR ORGANIZATION NAME> will mark Monday, November 21, as Public Health Thank You Day and salute our public health heroes by <INSERT EXAMPLES.>

To learn more, please visit publichealththankyouday.org

WRITE A PRESS RELEASE

Tailor the press release to your state or public health organization. Download the template in an editable Word document.  

SAMPLE PRESS RELEASE

<YOUR LOCATION/ORGANIZATION > Salutes Public Health Heroes

Public Health Thank You Day, November 21, 2016

<NAME OF TOWN>, <DATE>—On the Monday before Thanksgiving, <YOUR ORGANIZATION NAME> joins Research!America and leading U.S. public health organizations to recognize public health professionals who are committed to overcoming challenges to protect the health of all Americans.

Public Health Thank You Day 2016 honors all those unsung heroes who keep our children safe from infectious disease, promote mental health for our veterans and communities, prevent injuries, increase the rate of immunizations and much more! These heroes include our health inspectors, environmental health scientists, public health researchers, community health workers and <ADDITIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONS>.

“Public Health Thank You Day is intended to salute those who work tirelessly, sometimes putting their own lives at risk, to find solutions to some of our most pressing public health threats,” said Mary Woolley, president and CEO of Research!America. “It’s important that we not only thank them today, but recognize their contributions daily as they work behind the scenes to combat current and emerging health concerns.”

The Zika virus, along with the growing opioid epidemic, and limited resources to address mental health, and unsafe drinking water, have shown that in spite of the challenges and risks, public health professionals continue to dedicate their time and energy to combat disease and build a healthier environment for Americans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and various institutions within our public health infrastructure have come together to tackle these threats head-on—as they do with other health challenges year round.

“It’s easy to miss public health successes – you don’t see the heart attacks that don’t happen, the years added to the lives of those who quit smoking, or the flu death avoided because of vaccines,” said Thomas Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “To all who have dedicated their careers to help us live our lives to the fullest, thank you!”

<QUOTE FROM YOUR ORGANIZATION’S LEADER>

More information and materials can be found at publichealththankyouday.org (link is external).

About <Your Organization Name>

<Your boilerplate paragraph>.

About Research!America

Research!America is the nation’s largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority. Founded in 1989, it is supported by member organizations that represent more than 125 million Americans. For more information, visit www.researchamerica.org.

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