DVIDS – News – Army Public Health Center Celebrates National Public Health Week with Focus on Community


ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — In recognition of the many communities working together to help end the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Public Health Association has chosen “Public Health Is Where You Are” as the theme for the 27th anniversary of National Public Health Health Week, celebrated April 4-10.

“Our theme this year celebrates the impact we have had where we live, work, learn, play and pray, and recognizes how our communities have influenced our hard work to make the United States a healthier, healthier nation. equitable and fairer,” said George Benjamin, Executive Director of APHA.

NPHW’s goal is to strengthen communities and raise public health awareness, which aligns with the Army Public Health Center’s goal of supporting active living by promoting readiness and resilience.
“NPHW’s daily themes focus on how public health issues are linked and influence each other, and how learning more about their connections will give us the best opportunity to find the best possible solution to become the healthiest nation,” Benjamin said.

Here are the daily themes for this year:
• Monday: Racism: a public health crisis
• Tuesday: Public health workforce: essential to our future
• Wednesday: Community: collaboration and resilience
• Thursday: World Health Day: health is a human right
• Friday: Accessibility: Closing the Health Equity Gap
• Saturday: Climate Change: Acting for Equity
• Sunday: Mental well-being: redefining the meaning of health

Throughout the week, APHC will be promoting these themes, which also align with areas of focus in the 2021 Force Health Report, due out this spring, and the first report on Army Family Health, published in November, which used a holistic view of health to highlight what is known and unknown about the health of Army Family members across multiple areas of the health and throughout the military life cycle.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us that we must view soldiers holistically as a family unit,” said Erin M. Anderson Goodell, editor of this year’s HOF report. “For example, spouses of soldiers have reported job losses, involuntary furloughs and reduced hours during the pandemic. In addition, many childcare centers were closed, forcing military spouses to provide childcare during normal business hours. Therefore, the health of the Force cannot be separated from the health of the Army family, and senior Army leaders must continue to be mindful of how illness and economic factors can impact on the readiness of the Force.

Since the Army’s inception, Army public health professionals have focused their public health efforts on building partnerships. In their work with military medical treatment facilities and facilities, Army public health experts advise commanders and leaders on a wide range of public health initiatives and preventive actions. All have the same basic goals of encouraging healthy behaviors and standardizing public health efforts according to best practices (methods that have evidence to support their use).

“I am proud to lead an organization with such dedicated public health professionals,” said Col. Alisa Wilma, Director of APHC. “The response of our public health personnel to the COVID-19 pandemic has been recognized by Army leaders and shows why public health personnel are so critical to our future.”

Help support this year’s campaign by following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You can also follow all of this year’s Army health campaigns by visiting the APHC website at http://phc.amedd.army.mil/.

“We hope that, every day, you will see how you fit in with building stronger, healthier communities,” Benjamin said. “We hope you will join us! Public health needs the public if it is to succeed.

The Army Public Health Center enhances Army readiness by identifying and assessing current and emerging health threats, developing and communicating public health solutions, and ensuring quality and effectiveness of the Army Public Health Enterprise.

Date taken: 04.04.2022
Date posted: 04.04.2022 10:34
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