Public Health Thank You Day: November 21, 2016


Saluting Public Health Heroes 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. Each week leading up to November 21, Research!America and PHTYD partners are highlighting themes that are important to public health. Click here to visit the 2016 Public Health Thank You Day page for information and ways to get involved.​

To view our list of 2016 partners, click here and read stories from public health heroes on our blog. Also, Join us on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #PHTYD.

“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!”

“Public health professionals should be commended year-round for their exceptional work in research, prevention and surveillance to thwart disease and threats to our safety and security on a global scale. Our quality of life depends on the foresight and expertise of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others in public health to contain outbreaks and implement evidence-based programs that will protect the health of this generation and the next.  We owe them our deepest gratitude in confronting health challenges head-on in sometimes life-threatening conditions. Their efforts continue to improve our nation’s health and economic security.” - John Edward Porter, Chair, Research!America

“Public Health Thank You Day salutes those whose work has made a difference in protecting the health of Americans, sometimes putting their own lives at risk,” said Mary Woolley, president and CEO of Research!America. “It’s important that we not only thank them on November 21, but recognize their contributions daily as they work tirelessly to combat current and emerging health threats.”

"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."

“We cannot just afford to focus on what happens in the intersection with the medical system. We really have to face up to the fact that we have more children living in poverty in this country than our peer nations, that children below age five have a higher chance to die in the U.S. than in our peer nations, and what does that mean for prevention? We really have to dedicate a significant amount of effort at identifying how we’re going to move upstream. And there is a movement in the country doing that in public health." - Hortensia Amaro, Ph.D., associate vice provost for community research initiatives and Dean's Professor of Social Work and Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California.

“Our public health workforce is promoting healthy lifestyles and educating people in every community on chronic disease risk factors such as tobacco use, physical inactivity, and obesity which are essential to saving lives and reducing cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke. We offer a sincere thanks to all of those who dedicate themselves to improving public health and helping people experience a better quality of life.” - Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the American Heart Association

“Regardless of the threat – whether combating the Zika virus, natural disasters, infections, or diseases – our public health workers are on the front lines at home and abroad, working tirelessly to keep us all safe and healthy. Now, more than ever before, our public health community can confront the great issues of our time by using a scientifically-sound, research-based approach to solve these challenges to benefit humankind.” - James L. Madara, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, American Medical Association



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