Michigan Public Health Week Partnership
Every April, Michigan celebrates National Public Health Week to help protect and improve our state’s health. For 2020, the national focus is on seven different public health topics, Mental Health, Maternal and Child Health, Violence Prevention, Environmental Health, Education, Healthy Housing and Economics, to help address the causes of poor health and disease risk among individuals and within different communities. National Public Health Week will be celebrated April 6 - 12, 2020 in communities across the United States.
Right now, the U.S. spends more on health care than other comparable countries. What do we have to show for that spending? Numerous studies show that we live shorter lives and struggle with more health issues such as obesity, infant mortality, diabetes, heart disease and more. And this is true for Americans of all ages and socio-economic groups.
This is the defining challenge of our generation – that we, the public health community, are uniquely positioned to overcome. That’s why, during National Public Health Week, we rally around a goal of making the U.S. the Healthiest Nation. Let’s build a groundswell of support for the prevention and public health programs we know improve the health of our communities.
Join us for Michigan Public Health Week and be a part of creating the Healthiest Nation.
We are calling for nominations of public health professionals, community organizations and Michigan residents who have worked and excelled in one of Michigan's Hometown Health Hero themes. If you know a person or organization that deserves recognition as a Hometown Health Hero for their efforts to support public health and prevent diseases in their community, let us know by Feb. 14, 2020.
The responsibility of public health is to protect and promote the health of communities through education, policy, and assessment. To be successful, public health departments need the support and action of private organizations and individuals. When we work together, we can build healthier communities and eventually achieve our goal of being the healthiest nation.
The purpose of the Hometown Health Hero award is to recognize individuals and organizations which have made significant contributions to protect and improve their community’s health. Hometown Health Hero awards are presented every April as part of Michigan’s Public Health Week. Help us celebrate all the great achievements happening in public health by nominating an organization or an individual you know for a Hometown Health Hero award. The Michigan Public Health Week celebration takes place at the State Capitol on April 15, 2020.
To see past year's Michigan Hometown Health Heroes Health Policy Champions, see below
The Michigan Public Health Week Partnership consists of the following organizations:
- the Michigan Association of Counties,
- the Michigan Association for Local Public Health,
- the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services,
- the Michigan Public Health Association,
- the Michigan Public Health Institute,
- Michigan State University,
- the University of Michigan School of Public Health,
- Grand Valley State University, Department of Public Health,
- Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Inc.,
- and Wayne State University.