On November 21, the Monday before Thanksgiving, Research!America and leading public health organizations recognized the public health professionals who work diligently to stop the spread of harmful viruses such as Zika, address issues such as the growing opioid epidemic and antibiotic resistance, and protect us from hazards such as contaminated drinking water.
“It’s easy to miss public health successes – you don’t see the heart attacks that don’t happen, the years added to the lives of those who quit smoking, or the flu death avoided because of vaccines,” said Thomas Frieden, M.D., MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “To all who have dedicated their careers to help us live our lives to the fullest, thank you!”
More than 1,000 individuals and organizations joined Research!America on social media with the hashtag #PHTYD, garnering more than 5.9 million impressions on Facebook and Twitter. Notable participants included NIH director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Rep. Rob Wittman, and Rep. Joyce Beatty.
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) have expressed their support for PHTYD 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.
Research!America thanks all of our Public Health Thank You Day partners. Click here to view a complete list of our partners.