(Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.) — During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association, along with the rest of the nation, observes National Public Health Week.
The week is dedicated to recognize Public Health’s efforts in improving health and to highlight key issues in improving the overall health of our people.
The American Public Health Association or APHA has been organizing National Public Health Week. for over 20 years, creating campaigns, messages, and themes specific for every year. This year’s theme is “Healthiest Nation 2030: Changing our future together.”
Each day of National Public Health Week will highlight a public health topic that is critical in achieving success in the creation of the healthiest nation.
National Public Health Week 2018 Daily Themes
Monday, April 2: Behavioral Health
Advocate for and promote well-being
There are many common misconceptions about mental health issues and how to treat them. We focus on using education to raise awareness in de-stigmatizing mental health diagnoses. The Community Guidance Center encourages people experiencing mental illness to seek treatment. For more information, you can contact CGC at 664-4607 or 236-8752.
Tuesday, April 3: Communicable Diseases
Learn about ways to prevent disease
Communicable or infectious diseases are diseases that can be spread from one person to another, like influenza, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. Some of these infections, like Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, do not have noticeable symptoms so it is important to do regular health screenings and testing. For more information on HIV/STD testing, contact the HIV/STD Prevention Program at 664-4050.
Wednesday, April 4: Environmental Health
Help to protect and maintain a healthy planet
Reduce our collective carbon emissions footprint. Each of us can take simple steps or make small changes in our everyday lives to help reduce the effects of climate change. In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint at the Division of Public Health office, we have acquired recycling bins from the CNMI Energy Division to begin recycling paper and plastic! We encourage other offices to do the same and take steps toward a healthier planet! For information on recycling bins, call the CNMI Energy Division office at 664-4480.
Thursday, April 5: Injury and Violence Prevention
Learn about the effects of injury and violence on health
Bullying can affect everyone and is linked to many negative impacts on mental health and overall wellness. Children who are bullied may experience anxiety, depression, and decreased performance in school. There are many warning signs that may indicate that someone is affected by bullying. For more information, visit https://www.stopbullying.gov
Friday, April 6: Ensuring the Right to Health
Advocate for everyone’s right to a healthy life
Everyone deserves an opportunity to live a life free from preventable disease and disability. The places where we live, learn, work, worship and play should promote our health, not threaten it. We at the Division of Public Health will continue to promote the power of prevention, advocate for healthy and fair policies, share strategies for successful partnerships and champion the role of a strong public health system.
For more information on National Public Health Week, please visit http://www.nphw.org
For more information on the Division of Public Health’s activities for the week or questions about National Public Health Week, contact Keanna Villagomez at 234-8950 ext. 8749.
Throughout #NPHW2018, the Division of Public Health Services will be releasing messaging for each topic through social media platforms. DPHS will also be distributing public health materials at the Thursday Street Market on April 5, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/community-bulletin-sp-595/103343-national-public-health-week-2018