FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 4, 2016
The Kansas City Health Department launches a year-long celebration of 150 years of public health in Kansas City starting with Public Health Week, April 4-8, 2016!
Since 1866, Kansas City’s commitment to public health service has played a significant part in improving and enhancing the culture of health in the community. During the 2016 celebration, the City’s Health Department will focus on improving the factors that determine good health and their impact on the health and wellness of Kansas City residents.
“With the start of Public Health Week, we will show how individuals and communities can take small steps in improving their health,” said. Rex Archer, MD, MPH, director of health. “We all have a role to play in making our communities healthier places and the Kansas City Health Department looks forward to engaging the community for another 150 years.”
National Public Health Week is celebrated the first week of April each year. Public health works to make healthy individual choice the easy, safe choice in your community. Social, environmental and individual factors influence our health as well as the opportunity to make healthy choices. The Kansas City Health Department partners with the community to assist in promoting, educating and protecting our city’s health and safety.
During National Public Health Week, the Health Department will focus is on a daily theme:
- Help all young people graduate from high school – Education is the leading indicator of good health, giving people access to better jobs, incomes and neighborhoods.
- The relationship between increased economic dignity and better health – It’s time to fix our country’s growing income inequality and the unhealthy stresses it puts on adults and children.
- Social justice & health – Everyone has the right to good health. We must remove barriers so everyone has the same opportunity to improve their lives and their health.
- Give everyone a choice of healthy food – Our food system should provide affordable food with nutritious ingredients, free from harmful contaminants.
- Provide access to quality preventative services early – The goal of public health is to prevent, protect, and promote health and well-being to prevent disease, disability, and death.
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