National Public Health Week in San Diego



During the first full week of April each year, National Public Health Week (NPHW) is observed across the U.S. as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the health of our nation. Each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) develops a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers, and practitioners about issues related to each year’s theme.

For 2018, National Public Health Week takes place April 2-8. The theme is “Public Health: Healthiest Nation 2030: Changing Our Future Together.”

San Diego-Related 2018 National Public Health Week Events

San Diego County’s contribution to celebrating the 2018 NPHW includes the following activities:

  • The Live Well San Diego Public Health Champion Awards Ceremony is San Diego’s signature event, held this year on Friday, April 6, 2018, from 10 a.m. – 12 Noon, with a reception to follow, at the County Administration Center located at 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101. This ceremony recognizes extraordinary achievements, by an individual and organization, in areas of public health service that protect and promote the health of the local population. The awards were created to recognize the role of public/private collaboration in advancing optimal health and wellness in the county’s diverse populations.

What You Can Do to Join the Movement

Become a Partner—Show your support for public health and prevention!

Host an Event—Add your NPHW event to the hundreds of celebrations nationwide.

Take Action—Take one small step each day for a healthier life.

Attend an Event—Join your community to celebrate NPHW by attending one of the events listed above.

Step It Up—Join the 1 Billion Steps Challenge. Let's get everyone moving!

Help Promote NPHW—NPHW is a great opportunity to raise awareness about public health and what your organization does to promote it.

Daily National Public Health Week Themes

Monday, April 2, 2018—Behavioral Health
Advocate for and promote well-being

Advocate and improve access to mental and behavioral health services. Educate and train the community to de-stigmatize mental health diagnoses.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018—Communicable Diseases
Learn about ways to prevent disease transmission

Wash your hands. Know your HIV status. Support comprehensive sexual health education in schools to reduce sexually transmitted disease.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018—Environmental Health
Help protect and maintain a healthy planet

Reduce carbon emissions. Transition to renewable energies. Use evidence-based policy to protect air, water, and food.

Thursday, April 5, 2018—Injury and Violence Prevention
Learn about the effects of injury and violence on health

Increase programs to reduce and prevent community violence. Advocate occupational health and safety standards for job safety.

Friday, April 6, 2018—Ensuring the Right to Health
Advocate for everyone's right to a healthy life

Everyone deserves an opportunity to live a life free from disease and disability. Places where we live, learn, work, worship, and play should promote our health.


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