April 4, 2016
DOH-Miami-Dade Recognizes National Public Health Week April 4-10
MIAMI – The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County recognizes National Public Health Week from April 4-10, 2016. This week brings us together across the United States as we observe and recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. This year’s theme is: “Healthiest Nation 2030.”
“This national celebration provides us with an opportunity to focus our attention on state, community and individual efforts aimed at raising awareness and taking steps to address the role of public health and prevention in improving the health of our nation,” said Dr. Lillian Rivera, RN, MSN, PhD, Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County.
Please join us in raising awareness as we observe this year’s theme of creating the healthiest nation by 2030. The following are some facts for the week:
Build a nation of safe, healthy communities
Health must be a priority in designing our communities, from healthy housing to parks and playgrounds.
Help all young people graduate from high school
Education is the leading indicator of good health, giving people access to better jobs, incomes and neighborhoods.
The relationship between increased economic mobility and better health
It’s time to fix our country’s growing income inequality and the unhealthy stresses it puts on adults and children.
Social justice & health
Everyone has the right to good health. We must remove barriers so everyone has the same opportunity to improve their lives and their health.
Give everyone a choice of healthy food
Our food system should provide affordable food with nutritious ingredients, free from harmful contaminants.
Preparing for the health effects of climate change
Our health is connected to our environments. What happens upstream to our environments at work, school and home affects our health downstream.
Provide quality health care for everyone
Health reform was just a start. To fulfill its potential, we must continue to pursue options for expanded access to quality care at the federal, state and local levels.
Strengthen the public health infrastructure
Strong and consistent funding levels are necessary for the public health system to respond to both everyday health threats and unexpected health emergencies.
With the support of our community partners and as part of an integrated Florida Department of Health, together we can achieve the goal to be the healthiest nation in one generation.
About the Florida Department of Health
The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.
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