Hoping to start an annual tradition, the Montana Public Health Association for the first time participated in this year’s National Public Health Week, April 4-10, 2016. National Public Health Week is an annual observance to recognize the contribution and importance of public health in our communities. Despite the tremendous improvements public health has made in the 20th Century, Americans live shorter lives and suffer more health issues than people in other high-income countries.
Recognizing that we all have important roles to play in creating a healthier Montana, we created a platform on MPHA’s website to engage our members in various ways, including asking our members to show support for public health and giving members an opportunity to submit public health events for a community calendar and to share ideas for improving public health at the individual and collective level.
The idea is to help motivate and inspire all Montanans to take action to improve their health and the health of those around them.
Montana DPHHS Richard Opper provided a statement that we used to kick off our National Public Health Week celebration and 26 MPHA members signed up to be NPHW partners
While we consider any level of participation a success, next year we plan to get the word out earlier and are hoping for even greater participation. It’s never too early to consider ways that you can motivate and inspire the citizens of Montana to improve their health, so save the date for next year’s National Public Health Week: April 3-9, 2017,