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NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK APRIL 3-9 Variety of topics to be covered throughout the week

April 2nd, 2023 by WCBC Radio

The Allegany County Health Department invites all Allegany County residents to observe National Public Health Week (NPHW), April 3-9, 2023.  An annual event observed nationally during the first full week of April, NPHW strives to educate communities and raise awareness about public health and prevention.  This year’s theme is “Centering and Celebrating Cultures in Health” to ensure that everyone, in all cultural communities, has a chance at a long and healthy life.  Daily themes throughout the week will address how social determinants of health (factors such as race, sexual orientation, gender identity, geographical location, and income) affect the health and wellness of various communities.

Daily Themes for NPHW 2023:

  • Community (Monday) – Encourage people to re-engage or become more engaged in their communities to positively impact public health.
  • Violence Prevention (Tuesday) – A look at social and situational factors that contribute to violence acts (domestic abuse, battery, homicides) and self-harm or suicide.
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health (Wednesday) – Access to and education about quality reproductive and sexual health care.
  • Mental Health (Thursday) – Mental health affects how we think, feel, and act and plays an important role in our physical and social well-being.
  • Rural Health (Friday) – Compared to urban areas, rural communities are at higher risk for poor health outcomes due to financial disparities, transportation barriers, and fewer health care providers.
  • Accessibility (Saturday) – About 26% of U.S. adults have a disability.  Adults with disabilities are more vulnerable to a variety of health issues.  The focus of this theme is on ways to make health care and healthy choices more accessible for our most vulnerable populations.
  • Food and Nutrition (Sunday) – Food and nutrition are at the core of many public health concerns including chronic disease (type 2 diabetes, heart disease) and mental health. 

Look for informational posts and links each weekday at and  For more information on NPHW, visit