National Public Health Week 2018: Changing our Future Together
Chronic diseases and conditions—such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer—are among the most common, costly and preventable health problems in America. Other issues affecting Americans include environmental hazards, injuries and violence, vaccine-preventable diseases, healthcare-associated infections, sickle cell disease, birth defects and maternal and child health.
Given the many health threats our nation faces, we at the CDC Foundation are especially proud to honor our dedicated public health heroes at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during National Public Health Week, which is a time to reflect on how the field of public health benefits all of us. National Public Health Week, an initiative of the American Public Health Association for more than 20 years, aims to raise awareness of important public health protection initiatives and achievements.
This year’s theme is “Healthiest Nation 2030: Changing Our Future Together.” Every day this week features a different theme, focusing on what we all can do to build healthier communities and, eventually, the healthiest nation. To learn more about this week’s themes visit the National Public Health Week website.
The CDC Foundation advances CDC’s life-saving work with a number of initiatives that help build healthier communities. Here are just a few examples of our CDC collaborations to protect people and save lives:
- A partnership with CDC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation offers a first-of-its-kind data analysis for the 500 largest American cities to identify data on 27 chronic disease measures, enabling local targeting of interventions to areas where they are most needed for maximum public health impact
- A collaboration with CDC and Merck for Mothers is working to better understand the causes and factors contributing to pregnancy-related death, with the aim of identifying opportunities with the greatest potential to end preventable maternal mortality.
I’m proud to be a part of the CDC Foundation team, where we work every day to extend CDC’s critical efforts to protect families, communities and businesses across America. Together our impact is greater!