Times-Herald (Vallejo)

Solano marks National Public Health Week

- Times-Herald staff report

Americun Public Heulth Associutio­n, Soluno Public Heulth to celebrute this week ulong with other purtners.

This week the American Public Health Associatio­n (APHA) and Solano Public Health will celebrate National Public Health Week along with hundreds of partners across the nation.

National Public Health Week (April 5-11) includes hundreds of events, conversati­ons and activities, encouragin­g communitie­s to act on public health priorities.

This year’s theme, “Building Bridges to Better Health,” focuses on the core values of public health and encourages communitie­s to organize and mobilize into action to improve health for all.

The efforts aim to highlight the benefits of prevention, advocate for healthy and equitable policies, share strategies for successful partnershi­ps, and champion the role of a strong public health system.

COVID-19 has underscore­d the importance of public health and highlighte­d the need for increased investment in public health infrastruc­ture to keep communitie­s safe and healthy. Solano County is taking this opportunit­y to honor all the dedicated staff and community partners working in response to the COVID- 19 pandemic.

“I’m proud to highlight the public health efforts of each community in our county,” said Bela T. Matyas, M.D., M.P.H., Health Officer for Solano County in a news release. “National Public Health Week is an opportunit­y for us to appreciate the importance of prevention and promotion of health in our community. This year’s theme describes Public Health’s commitment creating the healthiest community and nation.”

Each day during National Public Health Week will focus on a different theme. Public health experts will discuss the themes in detail on APHA’s Public Health Newswire throughout the week. To learn more about National Public Health Week events, visit the APHA’s calendar at www.nphw.org.

In Solano County, Solano Public Health will join health care partners to present Solano’s Community Health Assessment to the Solano County Board of Supervisor­s on Tuesday, April 6. This report provides community level data and indicators of health in Solano County. Many of these outcome measures have been impacted by the pandemic.

After Tuesday, this report may be found at http://bit. ly/SolanoCHNA.

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