A weekly advocacy message from Mary Woolley: Giving thanks

Mary Woolley

Dear Research Advocate,

I hope you’ll pardon this weekly message arriving a few days early. This week gives each American a special opportunity to reflect on all that makes us grateful. I am thankful for each of you who places an emphasis on incorporating advocacy for research, public health, and medical progress into your daily lives.

I am also especially thankful for all those who took time yesterday to celebrate Public Health Thank You Day. The conversation was robust on social and traditional media with messages honoring public health professionals and expressing gratitude for the multi-faceted benefits of public health research and practice.

More than 800 organizations and individuals participated online and the Twitter hashtag #PHTYD garnered 6.8 million impressions! Among those expressing their thanks were World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, NIH Director Francis Collins, Sabin Vaccine Institute president Peter Hotez, and the National Academies of Science. Several of the tweets and Facebook messages from yesterday can be viewed on this Storify board.

CDC Director Tom Frieden said: “Thousands of doctors, researchers, nurses and others in the U.S. and around the world dedicate their lives to protecting the public's health from infections and diseases. Because of their determination to stop the spread of life-threatening viruses and bacteria, to conduct disease prevention research, and to help people make healthier personal choices, we can all live healthier and safer lives. Thank you!"

Thanks to you all for making Public Health Thank You Day a success. I hope you will continue to recognize and salute those who work to protect us from illness and injury throughout the year.  And join us November 21, 2016 for next year’s Public Health Thank You Day!

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Without continued support for health research, many of the most promising young scientists, their ideas and a myriad of potentially life-changing scientific breakthroughs will vanish into oblivion.
Paul Marinec, PhD; University of California San Francisco