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CDC Supports APHA National Public Health Week

Public Health: Start Here

National Public Health Week, an initiative of the American Public Health Association (APHA) is April 7-13.  This week raises awareness of the important role that public health and prevention play in keeping communities healthy. The CDC works with APHA to improve the health of all Americans and welcomes partnering with them on this initiative. APHA and our other state and local partners play crucial roles in helping us protect the health of the American people.

Each day of National Public Health Week focuses on a different area of public health:

Monday, April 7 - Be Healthy From the Start

  • Maternal and child health: Breastfeeding for nine months reduces a baby’s odds of becoming overweight by more than 30 percent and reduces the risk of certain chronic diseases. The CDC offers ongoing breastfeeding resources including tips for proper milk handling and storage and travel recommendations.

Tuesday, April 8 - Don’t Panic

  • Prepare for weather emergencies: The spring season brings unpredictable weather. Are you ready if there were an emergency? The CDC shows you how to be prepared: assemble an emergency kit, make emergency plans, stay informed and be involved in helping your community to be ready.

Wednesday, April 9 - Get Out Ahead

  • Million Hearts®: Heart disease is the leading cause of death in every racial and ethnic group in America. With the Million Hearts® initiative, the CDC is focused on preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

Thursday, April 10 - Eat Well

  • Foodborne illness: Each year, 1 in 6 Americans (48 million people) get sick and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases. Working alongside state and local public health authorities, the CDC tracks investigates and limits the spread of multistate foodborne disease outbreaks.

Friday, April 11 - Be the Healthiest Nation in One Generation

  • Making the next generation tobacco-free: 5.6 million U.S. children will die prematurely unless smoking rates drop. The CDC provides leadership to tobacco programs and recommends a comprehensive, broad-based approach to reducing tobacco use.

The CDC has partnerships with public and private entities to expand the scope and depth of public health services for Americans. These partnerships are significant in protecting the safety and health of Americans as CDC works to reduce preventable conditions, find threatening emerging diseases globally, and lead strategies to combat drug-resistant pathogens.

Visit the National Public Health Week website for detailed, issue-specific information and to find out how you can work together with the CDC and our partners.

Contact Information

CDC Media Relations
(404) 639-3286


Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH


Tom Frieden, MD, MPH - Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“Better health for all Americans depends on focusing our efforts where they’re needed most. As a nation, we spend three out of every four health care dollars treating conditions that are preventable. National Public Health Week is an excellent time to focus on change such as better integrating public health and clinical care which will go a long way to increasing the return on our health dollar"

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH - Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Judith A. Monroe, MD, FAAFP

Judith A. Monroe, MD, FAAFP


Judith A. Monroe, MD, FAAFP

“Those of us who work in public health have the shared responsibility of communicating information to save and improve lives of Americans. CDC’s Public Health Nerd campaign and APHA’s National Public Health Week achieve this objective by increasing awareness about health issues, which helps Americans make informed healthcare choices."

Judith A. Monroe, MD, FAAFP - Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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