Public Health Thank You Day


“We are all vulnerable to communicable and non-communicable diseases, injuries, and other threats to our heath, with the poorest among us disproportionately affected,” said Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. “Today, we salute the millions of public health workers globally – in communities, clinics, research laboratories, health departments and many other settings who have dedicated their lives to helping all the world’s people achieve the highest attainable standard of health. Thank you for your service!”


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. Join us on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #PHTYD.

During each week leading up to PHTYD, Research!America highlights a theme that is important to public health. Read about the 2017 themes here.

Read more from public health heroes on Research!America's blog

The bipartisan co-chairs of the Congressional Public Health Caucus, Representatives Rob Wittman (R-VA), Gene Green (D-TX), Kay Granger (R-TX), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), and Jim McGovern (D-MA) expressed their support for PHTYD in 2016 by introducing a resolution (H.Con.Res.172), which expresses the sense of Congress that public health professionals should be commended for their dedication and continued service on Public Health Thank You Day.


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

"Our public health workforce works day in and day out to protect and improve the health of others. Their work affects the lives of Americans in countless ways, from treating and preventing disease outbreaks, to preparing us for natural disasters, to ensuring everyone has access to quality and affordable care," said Georges Benjamin, M.D., executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA). "Thanks to the efforts of these dedicated professionals, the U.S. is on its way to becoming the healthiest nation in one generation."

Research!America hosted a town hall meeting titled "Assuring Public Health and Prevention is a High Priority for Next Congress and President" at APHA’s 2016 Annual Meeting at the Colorado Convention Center, Monday, Oct. 31. The town hall explored ways to ensure the voice of public health is high on the agenda for the new administration and next Congress. Click here for a recap and video of the event. 

Click here to view our 2017 Public Health Thank You Day partners, and here for 2016! 

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