National Public Health Week 2009 to Focus on "Building the Foundation for a Healthy America"

Bithiah Lafontant, MPH


American Public Health Association 

The American Public Health Association (APHA) recently unveiled a new campaign that will serve as the theme for National Public Health Week (NPHW), April 6-12, 2009, and will guide APHA's work through the week and beyond. The theme, "Building the Foundation for a Healthy America," aims to establish the critical role public health must play as we focus our efforts on improving our nation's health.

This year's NPHW theme builds on the momentum of the recent national, state and local elections and on the degree to which the nation's attention is directed towards our failing health system. The campaign emerged from the growing recognition that even though we spend more on health care than any other nation, our nation is falling behind in many important measures of what it means to be healthy.

"Building the Foundation for a Healthy America" aims to insert public health into current policy discussions directed at addressing the problems within the U.S. health system. Through National Public Health Week and beyond, APHA and its members, partners and affiliated state public health associations will come together to raise awareness and take steps to address the role of public health in this important issue.

"We have the potential to greatly improve our population's health in the future," said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of APHA. "By recommitting ourselves to support our nation's public health system, we can build on the successes of the past and establish the solid foundation needed for a healthy nation."

For over a decade, the American Public Health Association has organized National Public Health Week to educate the public, policy-makers and the public health community about critical public health challenges the nation is facing. Visit to learn more about this year's NPHW campaign and the role public health must play in building the foundation for a healthy America.


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