The purpose of National Health Education Week, celebrated the third full week of October, is bring attention to issues related to public health. There are typically activities scheduled throughout the week to help others understand these issues and bring about change. According to the American Public Health Association, public health “promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work, and play” (APHA).
Activities for this year are as follows:
Monday: Community health, health inequities, and faith-based partnerships By establishing partnerships we can increase our reach, understand issues from other points of views, and help implement changes to communities we may not otherwise be able to.
Tuesday: Worksite Health Partnerships This day is used to help promote health education efforts, what are you doing at your worksite to have a successful program?
Wednesday: School Health Partnerships What can we do to help future generations? What did we learn from our experiences in school?
Thursday: Government Organizational Partnerships What issues need to be addressed in our city, state, and national government? How can we educate policy makers and decision makers to work on health related issues that impact us?
Friday: Academic Partnerships This is day is about focusing on health education partnerships and those making an impact on the generation coming up behind us. How can we help them achieve their goals and help them make an impact on this world?
What activities can you do to bring awareness to public health and the health issues of today?
For more information regarding National Health Education Week, these activity topics listed, as well as access to a toolkit to help promote these themes, please visit: https://www.sophe.org/nhew.cfm