Week recognizes importance of putting health equity at center of public health work
National Public Health Week takes place from April 4-10, “marking a time to recognize the central role of public health in supporting health and safety for all,” the Erie County Department of Health announced.
This year’s theme from the American Public Health Association is “Public Health is Where You Are,” focusing on health equity in our communities.
ECDOH staff direct programs to protect and improve sanitation; detect and prevent the spread of infectious diseases; prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters; and share credible, useful health information. It said, “Alongside these crucial, visible functions is a recognition that social determinants of health are inextricably linked to quality of life.”
Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein said, “Public health is a collection of issues that range from controlling the spread of the smallest of viruses to protecting the expanse of our water systems. The past two years of a global pandemic have generated a stronger focus on the importance of public health, but the pandemic also exposed serious gaps in our public health and health care infrastructures. Erie County’s ‘Live Well Erie’ program and the creation of the Office of Health Equity are two initiatives that work directly to close those gaps.”
Office of Health Equity Director Kelly Wofford said, “Public health has expanded to incorporate the social determinants of health into its plans, policies and practices. To do that, we are listening to vulnerable communities, addressing barriers to health care, and building more resilient health systems. We are encouraging Erie County residents to stay engaged in conversations that impact your family’s health and the health of your community. Your input will have an impact.”
ECDOH will be sharing social media content on each of these daily topics for National Public Health Week:
√ Erie County Department of Health: www.erie.gov/health
√National Public Health Week: http://nphw.org
√Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social determinants of health: https://www.cdc.gov/socialdeterminants