On the Monday before Thanksgiving, November 20, dozens of organizations joined Research!America for Public Health Thank You Day to honor the everyday heroes who are committed to fighting chronic diseases and epidemics like the opioid crisis and antibiotic resistance, halting the spread of harmful viruses like Zika, and protecting Americans in the wake of natural disasters.
“The public health workforce works tirelessly to protect Americans from health threats – and because of their dedicated service, we can all live healthier lives,” said Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Thank you for everything you do to keep us healthy and safe.”
Around 1,000 individuals and organizations joined Research!America on social media with the hashtag #PHTYD, garnering more than 10 million impressions on Facebook and Twitter. Notable participants included CDC Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, American Public Health Association President Dr. Georges Benjamin, National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Director Mr. Gopal Khanna, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, and World Bank President Dr. Jim Kim.
Co-chairs of the House Public Health Caucus, Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA), Rob Wittman (R-VA), Kay Granger (R-TX), Gene Green (D-TX), and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), introduced a resolution (H.Con.Res.91) recognizing the public health workforce on November 20, 2017, Public Health Thank You Day. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-9) also co-sponsored the resolution.