During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week (NPHW)
, a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight important issues for improving the nation’s health.
The Public Health Foundation (PHF) works to improve the public health system by providing training, resources, and tools to strengthen the public health workforce. In support of NPHW, PHF would like to highlight some tools and resources for public health leaders and professionals to "start here":
- Monday, April 7th: Be Healthy from the Start
Globally, an estimated 43 million preschool children were overweight or obese in 2010, which is a 60 percent increase from 1990. Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs provides a set of national standards describing evidence-based practices in nutrition, physical activity, and screen time for early care and educational programs.
- Tuesday, April 8th: Don't Panic
Every year, thousands of people are affected by severe weather threats such as tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. Community Emergency Response Team Hazard Annex Participant Materials and Lesson Plans (CERT) is designed to train individuals to help communities prepare for disaster responses. The two CERT notebooks come together to enhance the ability of individuals and neighborhoods to reduce their emergency needs and manage their existing resources until professional assistance becomes available.
- Wednesday, April 9th: Get Out Ahead
Prevention is a national priority, and as the public health system evolves, there are more options than ever when it comes to preventive health measures. Youth Violence: Interventions for Health Care Providers outlines a three-step approach towards youth violence prevention that includes identifying the problem and developing and implementing interventions within the community.
- Thursday, April 10th: Eat Well
The system that keeps our nation’s food safe and healthy is complex. There is a lot of information to decipher to make the best choices. 30 Easy Ways to Eat Healthier provides public health, healthcare, and others with 30 tips to help you educate parents and caregivers about diet and nutrition.
- Friday, April 11th: Be the Healthiest Nation in One Generation
Public health professionals can lead the way to a healthier nation by helping communities identify the resources and information available to keep everyone healthy and safe. TRAIN, the nation’s premier learning management network, provides distance learning training for local, state, and national jurisdictions. With over 29,000 public courses, TRAIN offers courses related to many NPHW topics such as: Healthy Children, Healthy Communities and Preventing Youth Violence.
For additional training or resources, visit CDC Learning Connection or PHF's Online Store.
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