Public Health Thank You Day
“Thousands of doctors, researchers, nurses and others in the US and around the world dedicate their lives to protecting the public's health from infections and diseases,” said Thomas Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “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!"
PUBLIC HEALTH THANK YOU DAY: NOVEMBER 21, 2016
A DAY TO SHOW OUR APPRECIATION FOR THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE AMERICA SAFER AND HEALTHIER!
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. From the ordinary to the extraordinary, these heroes keep our drinking water safe, air clean and children healthy.
WHAT IS PUBLIC HEALTH?
Public health is the field of science concerned with improving the health of populations. It encompasses everything from research into diseases to preventing injury and promoting healthy lifestyles to detecting and controlling outbreaks. Examples of public health work include anti-smoking campaigns, the development of vaccines against polio, and pinpointing the source of food-borne illness outbreaks. Read more about different public health professions.
"The public health workforce safeguards the lives of Americans in many ways – from tracking and combating disease outbreaks, developing and distributing vaccines, preparing us for natural disasters, keeping our food and drinking water safe and our air clean, and so much more," said Georges Benjamin, M.D., executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA). "On behalf of APHA, I'd like to express my deep appreciation to these dedicated professionals and the vital work that they do to protect and improve the health of others. Thank you for your efforts each and every day to make the U.S. a healthier nation."
How Can I Help?
Thank you to our 2015 Public Health Thank You Day partners: