Public Health Thank You Day: 2016 Themes

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

Each week leading up to Monday, November 21, Research!America and PHTYD partners are highlighting a theme that is important to public health: 

October 24 – 28: One Health  

The One Health initiative is a movement to encourage cooperative and inclusive collaborations between physicians, dentists, nurses, veterinarians, optometrists, pharmacists, basic and clinical researchers and professionals from other scientific and environmentally related disciplines, for the betterment of health overall.

October 31 – November 4: Prevention  

Prevention is a multidisciplinary approach to enhance the health of populations by reducing or controlling the burden of disease and injury, with the ultimate goal of enhancing overall health and well-being. Examples of prevention research include studies that examine the factors that put people at risk for or help them avoid major chronic diseases (heart disease, cancer and stroke), infectious diseases and health care associated infections. 

November 7 - 11: Mental Health

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act, and helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Suicide prevention, opioid abuse and gun violence research will be part of our mental health discussion.

November 14 – 18: Health Disparities

Health disparities are preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or opportunities to achieve optimal health that are experienced by socially disadvantaged populations. Health disparities may result from multiple factors, including poverty, environmental threats, inadequate access to health care, individual and behavioral factors, and educational inequalities. 

Read more about the themes in articles and commentaries on Research!America's blog

Policy Contacts

Director of Policy and Advocacy
America’s economic destiny lies in innovation, technology, science and research.
The Honorable John E. Porter