National Public Health Week is celebrated during the first full week of April each year. APHA develops a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers and practitioners about each year's unique theme.
The Kansas Public Health Association (KPHA) celebrated National Public Health Week 2015 in collaboration with and in support of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC), the KU Master of Public Health Student Organization (MPHSO), Sedgwick County Health Department, and Johnson County Health Department.
Sedgwick County celebrated NPHW with:
- 13 letters to the editor
- 2 Proclamations (City of Wichita and Sedgwick County)
- Award presentation and reception for the Doren Fredrickson Lifetime Commitment to Public Health with media release
- Robust social media campaign with ecards were developed
- Collaboration with faith-based community for health related messages during the April 9-10 weekend
- Collaboration with WSU health-related fields students – activities on campus during the week
- Daily emails to the WSU College of Health Promotions utilizing the NPHW theme
KUMC celebrated NPHW with:
- Mental Health: Myths and Misconceptions – a lecture presented by KUMC Professor Stottlemire and Kansas NAMI Executive Director Rick Cagan
- Guns and Public Health: Local, National, and Global Perspectives – a lecture presented by MPH students
- No Mas Bebes – documentary viewing regarding the fight of Chicana women for reproductive justice after forced sterilizations in an LA county hospital
- Kansas Public Health Grand Rounds on Preventing Pregnancy and Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives – revitalized for the first round of 2016, presented by KUMC Professor Megha Ramaswamy, KUMC Professor Catherine Satterwhite, KUMC MD/MPH Student Tawana Evans, and Kansas Representative Barbara Bollier
- Peter T. Bohan Lecture – Guest lecturer Tina Rosenberg, author of Join The Club
- Sexual Health in High School Youth – lecture by Wyandotte County Health Department on their BullDoc clinic
KPHA celebrated NPHW with:
- Members attended a conference to promote using the newly released County Health Rankings
- Attending the NPHW twitter chat
- Engaging social media campaign utilizing ecards, APHA facts of the day, and statements from community members across Kansas regarding how public health benefits them
Photos below courtesy of KUMC/MPHSO and Sedgwick County.