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Public Health Thank You Day

Public Health Thank You Day 2022 will be celebrated on Monday, November 21.

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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.

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.

“Our public health system is the lifeblood of our nation. COVID-19 brought this into stark focus, shining a bright light on our public health workforce. Those in public health deploy their expertise and commitment each and every day to secure safer, healthier, and stronger communities. On November 22 and always, I encourage Americans to take time to thank the public health workforce for their tireless and essential service in every state, county, city, town and tribal community across the country,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

“During the most challenging health crisis of our time, public health scientists, staff, and clinicians have been at the forefront of research programs and implementation of public health strategies to improve minority health and reduce health disparities. We recognize and appreciate their sacrifice and diligence in helping all communities!” said Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD, Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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