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National Public Health Week

April 10th, 2009

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According to the American Public Health Association, National Public Health Week has been educating and celebrating issues that affect public health since 1995. Held during the first full week of April, National Public Health Week is an excellent opportunity for communities across the country to recognize the contributions of public health professionals in their area, as well as to further advance the goal of having a healthier community for years to come.

While most countries outside the US lack in the amount spent on health care each year, the United States still suffers from problems that affect the overall health of its people. According to the American Public Health Association:

- A baby born in the United States is more likely to die before its first birthday than a child born in almost any other developed country.

- U.S. life expectancy has reached a record high of 78.1 years but still ranks 46th — behind Japan and most of Europe, as well as countries such as Guam, South Korea and Jordan.

- The US is among the top 10 countries that have the most people with HIV/AIDS, and it is estimated that one in 20 residents in the nation’s capital are HIV-positive.

- Disparities persist with ethnic minority populations having nearly eight times the death rate for key health conditions, such as diabetes, than that of non-minority populations.

Start pushing for progress in your community and support the works of National Public Health Week. For more information, visit NPHW.org.

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