In a world facing disease, poverty, destruction and violence, it's often hard to see the positive side of life. Certainly we know that there are many in the world who are suffering. Every day, health professionals aim to help alleviate some of that suffering. Doctors, nurses and other providers do this in literal ways: assessing physical damages, tending to wounds and nursing people back to a state of improved health. But it's important to note that the work of health professionals doesn't stop there. Many providers also aim to advocate for better environmental health policies, implementing practices with smaller environmental footprints, and working towards climate and health solutions. Engaging on topics beyond the daily scope of patient practices is time consuming and not always easy. The American Public Health Association and other leading public health organizations are calling for a Public Health Thank You Day. This Thanksgiving, Climate for Health would like to add to this call by giving thanks to all of you who advocate on behalf of the environment and, subsequently, relieving the plight of those who are suffering.
Public Health Newswire I Nov 23, 2015
As many of us gather this week to reflect on the things we are thankful for, let’s not forget those who work tirelessly day in and day out to keep us healthy. Today, APHA joins Research!America and leading public health organizations for Public Health Thank You Day – a time to honor the public health heroes dedicated to protecting us from health threats.
Public health professionals work in countless ways to promote and protect the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. They dedicate their efforts to preventing disease and injury, educating about healthy behaviors, conducting scientific research and advocating for policies that address health issues. Find out more about how public health workers are making a difference by reading stories from APHA members.
“The public health workforce safeguards the lives of Americans in many ways – from tracking and combating disease outbreaks, developing and distributing vaccines, preparing us for natural disasters, keeping our food and drinking water safe and our air clean, and so much more,” said Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA in a news release. “On behalf of APHA, I’d like to express my deep appreciation to these dedicated professionals and the vital work that they do to protect and improve the health of others. Thank you for your efforts each and every day to make the U.S. a healthier nation.”
Visit Research!America for tools and resources you can use to thank your public health heroes today and every day.
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