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 2017, National Public Health Week takes place April 3-9. The theme is “Public Health: Healthiest Nation 2030: Create the Healthiest Nation in One Generation.” This has been the theme for the past several years to drive home the message that it will take the "next generation" to change the health of the nation.

San Diego-Related 2017 National Public Health Week Events

San Diego County’s contribution to celebrating the 2017 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 7, 2017, 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.

  • Nick Macchione, HHSA Director, is one of the speakers for the American Public Health Association NPHW Forum on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST. View the webcast, if you can.
  • San Diego State University is holding daily events to celebrate the 2017 NPHW.

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 Activities to Promote Our Communities Health

Consider taking daily actions on the following issues to promote public health. Go to the Healthiest Nation NPHW Fact Sheets to take further actions.

Monday, April 3, 2017—Help All Young People Graduate from High School    Español

Education is the leading indicator of good health, giving people access to better jobs, incomes and neighborhoods. Call for policies that start with early school success and lead to higher on-time high school graduation rates. Be a champion for school-based health centers in your local schools. Become a mentor—you can make a difference!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017—Increase Economic Mobility    Español

The science is clear: Poverty and poor health go hand-in-hand. It’s time to fix our country’s growing income inequality and the unhealthy stresses it puts on adults and children. Support policies that ensure a living wage and remove barriers that make it harder to advance to higher incomes.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017—Achieving Social Justice and Health Equity    Español

Everyone has the right to good health. We must remove barriers so everyone has the same opportunity to improve their lives and their health. Speak out against racism and an unequal criminal justice system. Demand a fair allocation of community resources. Fight against the trend of growing voter restrictions. Everyone needs a voice in improving our communities.

Thursday, April 6, 2017—Prepare for the Health Effects of Climate Change    Español

Our health is connected to our environments. What happens upstream in our environments affects our health downstream. Support policies that protect the air we breathe, both indoors and outdoors, and the clean water we drink. Policies that protect our health from natural and manmade weather events and disasters are just as important. Support efforts that help communities prepare for and adapt to the health impacts of climate change.

Friday, April 7, 2017—Make the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice    Español

Avoid using tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. Eat healthy foods and exercise. We need to make these and other healthy choices for ourselves. But it doesn’t stop there – we need to work together to create communities that make the healthy choice the easy choice for everyone.

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