NH DHHS - NH DPHS Recognition of National Public Health Week

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is highlighting some of

the great work happening in New Hampshire around public health in

recognition of National Public Health Week, an initiative of the National

Public Health Association. This year’s theme is Healthiest Nation 2030,

with the goal of being the “healthiest nation in one generation.” The goals

are to raise awareness of what public health is, why it is essential, and

how it impacts everyone’s life.

Monday’s theme is Raising the Grade, highlighting how the U.S. lags behind

other developed countries on certain public health markers. DPHS is

focusing on improving maternal smoking rates as an area where we can do

better. Tuesday’s theme is Starting from Zip calling attention to how where

we live impacts our health. DPHS is highlighting sexually transmitted

disease (STD)/HIV testing and how to find a site to be tested in your

neighborhood. Wednesday is about

Building Momentum and working with leaders, companies, and communities to

improve public health. The Immunization Program at DPHS is highlighting

their Start the Conversation campaign to improve adult vaccination rates in

New Hampshire. For Thursday, Building Broader Connections is the topic and

how expanding partnerships is essential for success. An Asthma Program data

brief on asthma in the workplace highlights the collaborative process

between companies and public health on an important health topic. Friday is

all about Building on 20 Years of Success of National Public Health Week

and here in New Hampshire we are highlighting the success of improved

breastfeeding rates.

“It is difficult to explain how public health works and how it impacts

people’s lives, because like the heating system of a building, we tend not

to notice it until it breaks down,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of

Public Health at DHHS. “National Public Health Week is a great opportunity

to focus on some of the great work going on in New Hampshire.”

For more information about the National Public Health Week in New

Hampshire, visit http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/nphweek.htm. To find out more

about NPHW nationally, visit http://www.nphw.org.