Where we live impacts our communities’ health, and we can make our communities healthier, stronger, and safer! The 2022 National Public Health Week (NPHW) theme is “Public Health is Where You Are.” During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.
We’ve curated some of our favorite local resources to help promote public health in our own community, as well as highlighted ways you can get involved.
Community Collaboration & Resilience
Community encompasses every aspect of our lives — it’s where we live, work, learn and play. Over the course of the last two years, people across the world have experienced social isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s time to reach out and take action.
The social isolation many experienced the last two years contributes to increased rates of depression and other mental health issues. A mental illness is a condition that affects a person's thinking, feeling, behavior or mood. These conditions deeply impact day-to-day living and may also affect the ability to relate to others. Learn how to recognize a mental health condition and offer support.
Beyond social isolation, there are other conditions in our community that impact our health and well-being, especially that of our children. Today, one in five school-aged children between the ages of 6 and 19 is obese. The key is active movement and developing lifelong healthy eating habits. Learn more about what you can do to help gain control of childhood obesity.
To make an impact on public health in your community, you can join a community garden, donate healthy and culturally appropriate canned food options to food pantries or volunteer at local food distributions. Support community-led solutions by asking questions at public forums or joining a community advisory board.
One of the most important things you can do is stay active and enjoy the beauty our community has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a hiking trail, campsite, good food or golf, Butte County is home to natural beauty and countless recreational opportunities to get outside and play.
You can continue to support public health all year long by keeping the themes below top of mind. Working together, we can build healthier communities and, eventually, the healthiest nation. We need your help to get there. Join us!
National Public Health Week 2022 Themes
Our mission at Orchard Hospital is to provide our community with superior health care. We strive to ensure that your experience at Orchard Hospital is as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Our priority is to provide you with the care you need when you need it, with skill, compassion, and respect.