Public Health Thank You Day: 2017 Themes

On the Monday before Thanksgiving, Research!America and leading public health organizations take time to recognize public health professionals who work tirelessly every day to protect us from disease, injury, and other health threats. Join us on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #PHTYD.

Each week leading up to Monday, November 20, Research!America and PHTYD partners are highlighting a theme that is important to public health. Click here for sample daily tweets for each themed week. 

October 23 – 27: What is public health?  

Do you know that a main focus of public health is disease prevention? Public health is a vast field that encompasses a broad range of topics and issues ranging from chronic disease and emergency preparedness to health equity. This week will explore how public health improves our lives, and it will feature public health initiatives that impact where we live, work, and play.

October 30 – November 3: From hurricane response to stemming the opioid crisis: Public health’s rapid response to health challenges  

Urgent community health threats jeopardize the welfare of all Americans. Antibiotic resistance, natural disasters, and the opioid epidemic are among the threats public health heroes work tirelessly to address in order to keep Americans safe. The focus this week is how public health professionals respond to current and emerging health challenges at the local, national, and global levels.

November 6 – 10: Tackling disparities

Social determinants, such as education, income, and community conditions — which are often tied to race and ethnicity — play a significant role in the quality of health and health care in underserved communities. Innovations in public health aim to close gaps in health care and ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable, and evidence-based care.   

November 13 – 17: Imagine a disease-free world

New technologies in the prevention and treatment of disease are rapidly driving medical innovation, from advances in disease therapies to progress in health IT. These exciting technologies bring new opportunities — and new challenges — as we seek to build a world without disease. 

Read more about the themes in articles and commentaries on Research!America's blog

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