During the first full week of April, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities nationwide to observe National Public Health Week (NPHW). This week recognizes the contributions of public health professionals and highlights issues that are important to improving the health of our state and nation.
Virginia Public Health Week (VPHW) is the Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) call to recognize the important work the agency is doing to help Virginia become the healthiest state in the nation. Throughout VPHW, Virginia will celebrate the progress being made toward reaching Virginia’s Plan for Well-Being (PfWB) goals and will identify the improvements needed in other areas. VPHW is about creating and celebrating a healthier Virginia.
On Saturday, April 1, VDH will kick off the week at one of the top 10k races in the country –Ukrop’s Monument 10K in Richmond. VDH employees will be running and cheering on runners at the intersection of Monument Ave and The Boulevard as they support healthy, preventive actions. Come visit with VDH staff who will share health information and resources at the expo, March 30 and March 31. Encourage your friends and family to attend, too!
VDH has also created PfWB coloring pages to promote ways to make “Virginia” healthy. Each coloring page focuses on one of the four AIMs in the PfWB: Healthy Connected Communities, Strong Start for Children, Preventive Actions, and System of Health Care. Print and share with your children, classrooms, or clinic offices to encourage healthy behaviors as they color Virginia doing healthy activities.
After an eventful week, join VDH on Friday, April 7, between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate public health at the Madison Building Plaza in Downtown Richmond. Come out to learn about VDH programs and health organizations and services in Virginia, and to enjoy great food from local food trucks.
Join us in celebrating our progress towards making Virginia the healthiest state in the nation!