National Public Health Week Spotlight

April 4-10, 2011 is National Public Health Week!

Since 1995, when the first full week of April was declared as National Public Health Week (NPHW), communities across the country have celebrated NPHW to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the public’s health.
The American Public Health Association (APHA) serves as the organizer of NPHW and develops a national campaign to educate the public, policy-makers and practitioners about issues related to that year’s theme. APHA creates comprehensive planning, organizing and outreach materials that can be used during and after the week to raise awareness.
The theme for 2011 is “Safety is no Accident: Live Injury Free”, focusing on public health programs such as workplace safety and regulations such as seat belt laws that prevent injury and save lives. Join the local public health community in celebrating NPHW from April 4-10, 2011 by:

  • Participating in National Public Health Week. Resources and a toolkit for planning and publicizing activities can be found at www.nphw.org
  • Become a NPHW partner by signing up at www.nphw.org, linking your website to the NPHW site or organizing an event
  • Reach out to local media by inviting reporters to an event or submitting a letter to the editor about the importance of injury and violence prevention
  • Partner with elected officials on an event. Policymakers often champion causes related to injury prevention, such as helmet laws and measures to prohibit texting or drinking while driving. Identify officials who have been vocal on issues related to injury prevention and invite them to partner in a community event
  • Publicize NPHW on your Facebook, Twitter and other social networking tools. Link to APHA’s “Facebook fan” page, Twitter account and YouTube channel. Engage bloggers around your local NP HW activities.
  • Partner with local colleges and universities to promote Public Health Student Day
  • Educate your members of Congress about National Public Health Week and injury prevention by visiting APHA’s Take Action page at http://action.apha.org/site/PageNavigator/Advocacy
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Injuries, unexpected events and violence affect people at home, at work, in their communities, on the move and even at play. Unintentional injuries, such as motor vehicle crashes, poisonings and burns, rank among the top 10 causes of death for people ages 1-44. Below are some facts and tips on injury prevention:

  • Injuries are not “accidents,” and we can prevent them from happening. Taking actions such as wearing a seatbelt, properly installing and using child safety seats, wearing a helmet and storing cleaning supplies in locked cabinets are important ways to proactively promote safety and prevent injuries.
  • Each year, nearly 150,000 people die from injuries, and almost 30 million people are injured seriously enough to go to the emergency room. Driving a car, playing a sport, swimming or simply walking down a street can all present hazards. In addition, violence and maltreatment affect people of all ages, including in the workplace.
  • Injuries account for 12% of annual medical care spending, totaling as much as $69 billion per year.
  • Two-thirds of children killed by bicycle-related injuries could have been saved by wearing a helmet. Helmets reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85% and the risk of brain injury by as much as 88%
  • In the car, child safety seats reduce the risk of death by 71% for infants and by 54% for toddlers ages 1-4
  • Early childhood home visitation can prevent child maltreatment episodes in high-risk families by 40%
  • Having a working smoke alarm cuts the risk of death from a house fire by 50%
  • You and your family can protect yourselves from future injuries whether it’s at home, work or in your community. This ranges from installing and maintaining your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, wearing helmets when riding your bike or knowing your emergency evacuation plans at work. Read more tips at www.nphw.org/nphw11/pdf/NPHWbrochWeb.pdf
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