In 2009, Research!America issued a statement in advance of Public Health Thank You Day, recognizing the nation's public health officials for keeping us safe from injury and protecting us from infectious diseases including the H1N1 virus and seasonal flu, chronic illnesses, pandemics and bioterrorism.
Public Health Thank You Day partner National Association of County and City Health Officials released the following statement, which you can use in our outreach and promotion:
"In every community nationwide, and for all people in those communities, local health departments and their staff seek health, equity, and well-being through public health policies and service. In this especially challenging time of epidemic and recession, the value of these departments and staff is demonstrated most visibly. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), in partnership with Research!America, salutes the dedication of these frontline heroes whose work combats disease and improves the quality and length of all lives. Their work is good for everyone."
—Robert M. Pestronk, NACCHO executive director, and Bruce Dart, NACCHO president
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the following statement, which you can also use in your Public Health Thank You Day outreach and promotion:
"Public Health Thank You Day is an excellent opportunity to recognize those who have committed their lives to promoting a long, productive and healthy life for all people. As there is greater focus on improving our health system, your hard work, expertise and dedication are critical and greatly appreciated. I am optimistic about our ability to preserve and protect the health and lives of Americans."
—Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
The Campaign for Public Health issued the following statement:
The Campaign for Public Health is pleased to join our colleagues at Research!America in celebrating Public Health Thank You Day on November 23. The tireless work of public health officials to prevent disease, disability and death in our communities too often goes unnoticed. CPH is pleased to take part in this important day and to recognize those public health workers who are dedicated to improving our nation's health.
Public Health Thank You Day brings to light the innovative and successful work public health officials have undertaken this year, despite massive budget shortfalls at local public health departments and agencies across the country. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our nation's premier health protection agency, is underfunded relative to its responsibilities to protect our nation from emerging and ongoing health threats. The underfunding of this critical agency has a particularly devastating impact locally, as nearly 70% of the CDC's budget is directed to state and local health departments for on-the-ground public health work throughout our country.
Karl Moeller, executive director of the Campaign for Public Health, stated, "Public health officials are doing incredible work and making enormous strides in improving our nation's health. The use of sound public health research has allowed for the development of effective, science-based public health programs in areas from chronic disease prevention to maternal and child health threats. Supporting these and other public health efforts with adequate funding must be a top priority."
The Campaign for Public Health (CPH) is an independent, not-for-profit, 501(c)(4) organization comprised of prominent leaders in the public health and business communities who are dedicated to advocating for legislation that will accelerate the growth of federal appropriations for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Public Health Thank You Day Partner Association of Schools of Public Health issued the following statement, which you can use in your outreach and promotion:
"The Association of Schools of Public Health is grateful to have the opportunity on Public Health Thank You Day to join with other national organizations in recognition of our dedicated public health workforce. Public health advances in the 20th century have helped to increase the average lifespan of U.S. residents by more than 30 years and improved the quality of life around the world. The public health workforce has made all of this possible through practice, service, education and research. As valuable members of the workforce, faculty in accredited schools of public health, contribute to the scientific evidence base through their research activities and they are responsible for educating the workforce of the future. Our students are the future of public health. Their passion and dedication to making a difference in the lives of our families, communities, nation and world are an inspiration and demonstrate that public health is global and links us all."
—Dr. Harrison Spencer, President and CEO of ASPH
In celebrating Public Health Thank You Day, we share the following cartoon provided by the Colorado Health Foundation:statement that you can use in your outreach efforts.