April 4, 2022

Oneida County Health Department Recognizes National Public Health Week 2022

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Thanks Community for Efforts Made During COVID-19 Pandemic

This week, the Oneida County Health Department recognizes National Public Health Week and thanks the community for the extraordinary efforts so many have made throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The past two years have been challenging, and the fight is still ongoing, but we are finding our way out of this pandemic,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. “Healthcare, businesses, community and faith-based organizations, educational institutions, law enforcement, individuals and families have all made sacrifices in the way they’ve lived and worked in an effort to protect themselves and each other from COVID-19. Times have been uncertain, scary and difficult, but this community stepped up and supported public health.”

The first National Public Health Week was in 1955. It is celebrated as a time to promote living healthier lives no matter where someone resides or works. It is also a time to recognize and campaign for health policies that are fair, inclusive and accessible to everyone.

“National Public Health Week is a time to recognize what contributions public health has made to the community as well as highlight what is important to improve the health of the community,” said Daniel W. Gilmore, Ph.D. MPH, Oneida County Director of Health. “Public health collaborations with community partners are essential for the growth and health of a community. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that more than ever. The Oneida County Health Department would like to recognize and acknowledge all of the efforts made by everyone in this community in the fight against COVID-19. We would especially like to thank the volunteers who assisted us in all COVID-19 efforts for their countless hours donated, their expertise and dedication to this community.”

This year, National Public Health Week is being recognized April 4 -10, with the theme of “Public Health is Where You Are.” The following topics will be focused on each day:

  • April 4 - Racism: A Public Health Crisis
  • April 5 - Public Health Workforce: Essential to our Future
  • April 6 - Community: Collaboration and Resilience
  • April 7 - World Health Day: Health is a Human Right
  • April 8 - Accessibility: Closing the Health Equity Gap
  • April 9 - Climate Change: Taking Action for Equity
  • April 10 - Mental Wellness: Redefining the Meaning of Health

For more information on National Public Health Week and how you can participate please visit: https://nphw.org/.

Oneida County Partners