Geary County Health Department is participating in National Public Health Week, April 2-8, along with hundreds of partners across the Nation.  As life expectancy declines, public health departments are rallying communities to prioritize prevention and improve health outcomes.  “Everyone deserves to live a long and healthy life in a safe environment.  To make this happen, we must tackle the causes of poor health and disease risk among individuals and within our communities,” according to the National Public Health Week website.  Daily themes for this year’s observance include, behavioral health, communicable disease, environmental health, injury and violence prevention, and health equity.

According to the American Public Health Association (APHA), “Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play.”  Doctors treat people who are sick, public health works to prevent people from getting sick or injured in the first place.  The Geary County Health Department works to improve the health of residents by applying the scientific principles of public health through evidence-based programs; but the work of public health does not reside within one agency, it is a community-wide effort. Nearly everyone has something to contribute to public health, there are many fields including first responders, health educators, nutritionists, social workers, public health nurses and physicians, public policy makers, sanitarians and more.

“The public health community and workforce has faced uncertainty, shrinking budgets and new challenges this year, but I’m excited this week to highlight the inspiring perseverance of public health efforts in every community across the country” said Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA. “Every April we look to our National Public Health Week partners to help us celebrate lives saved and changed by prevention efforts. This year is certainly no exception. Organizations and individuals from the surgeon general to community leaders are telling the success story of public health through events, celebrations and discussions.”

Join us in observing National Public Health Week and become a part of the movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation.  To learn more about National Public Health Week go to www.nphw.org or the Geary County Health Department website at www.gcphd.org.  Like us on Facebook @GearyCountyHealthDept or like @AmericanPublicHealthAssociation for more information.

The Geary County Health Department has been serving the Junction City, Geary County and Fort Riley area since 1949.  The mission of the health department is to improve public health, promote community well-being, prevent diseases, and protect the community from public health hazards.  For a complete list of services and hours of operation go to www.gcphd.org

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