Public Health Thank You Day
"Improving the public’s health is not an impossible quest, it requires a 24 hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, commitment to safer, healthier, and stronger communities. It is about people who devote their knowledge, time and talent to health promotion, disease prevention and ensuring access to care. They do this with a goal of achieving health equity and the best possible health for all. To the public health workforce: thank you not only for what you do, but for the passion, empathy, and inclusiveness you bring to this effort, especially during the SARS-Cov-2 Pandemic.” said Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA).
PUBLIC HEALTH THANK YOU DAY: NOVEMBER 23, 2020
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 the public health workforce who labor 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 clean, our communities healthy, and our children safe. Join us on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #PHTYD. Learn more about how to get involved! Recent Research!America survey data also shows the deep support of the public for public health. See our survey here.
“The role members of the public health workforce play is crucial in numerous ways: from lowering the disease burden to improve health and reduce costs, to combating epidemics and other virulent health threats, to finding answers for complex community health challenges, the work you do gives rise to a more secure and healthy nation and world. To everyone who serves the public health, thank you for your extraordinary efforts on our behalf.”
The Honorable Michael N. Castle, Research!America Board Chair
Governor of Delaware (1985-1992)
United States Representative (1993-2011)
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.