LINCOLN – As National Public Health week continues, this year’s theme highlights ‘Public Health is Where You Are.’
According to a release from the Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors, this is an annual event sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA). No matter where you are in Nebraska, the local health department system makes this year’s public health week theme a reality.
All 93 Nebraska counties are covered by 19 local health departments who are governed locally. Their focus is to make sure people in their communities know what they need to know and have access to what they need, to be healthy and well.
To mark National Public Health Week, the Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors is co-hosting the 2022 Nebraska Public Health Conference (#NEPH2022) on April 5 and 6.
Everyone in public health is thankful that COVID numbers are low. This makes it possible for public health workers to gather in Lincoln, in person for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Local health departments want to keep their numbers low and are encouraging all Nebraskans to get up to date on the COVID -19 vaccine.
Local health directors are also encouraging Nebraskans to enjoy their favorite activities with family and friends. Get out for a walk or run, pull bicycles and helmets out of garages and sheds to use them, visit state parks and attractions, support restaurants, hotels, outfitters and other local businesses as well as taking advantage of the State’s Passport Program.
Local health departments are inviting Nebraskans to celebrate National Public Health Week with them.
Plan for 30 minutes of physical activity at least three times before the week is over, verify that children’s immunizations are up to date; reach out to your local health department or doctor if you’re not sure and also make a plan get up to date on the COVID-19 vaccine and follow through as your local health department can help you find vaccines and boosters in your area.
For more information visit nalhd.org or call 402-904-7946.