For Immediate Release
April 5, 2021
Contact: Joyce Gallimore
Company: Vermont Public Health Association
National Public Health Week is April 5 - 11
BURLINGTON, VT, April 2021. We invite you to join us in learning and taking action to support the health and well-being of Vermonters during National Public Health Week (NPHW), April 5-11. This year’s theme is “Building Bridges to Better Health.”
The Vermont Public Health Association with support from the national association (APHA) will specifically highlight the role of public health in keeping us all healthy. As part of our planning, we will post daily fact sheets each day on our Facebook and Twitter pages about key public health issues and resources related to this year’s theme. You can contribute to the well-being of Vermonters by learning more and sharing that knowledge with your family, friends, colleagues and community.
Public health was tested this year as never before, and Vermont has continued in its fight against the Covid-19 virus. It is heartening to see the progress of Vermont’s Covid-19 vaccination programs. Vermont is using the approach of methodically vaccinating the entire population by starting with the priority group of health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities, followed by adding groups by age category, starting with those over 75 years. By mid-April, all Vermonters over the age of 16 will be able to be vaccinated.
We can and must work together to overcome the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and to address persistent inequities and gaps in health care access. Public health needs the public if it’s going to be successful. This week, we continue the work. Even as we are physically distant, we know that we’re all working together, and we look forward to celebrating with you this year.
We know public health is built from the grassroots up. This year, we’re focusing on how we improve the health and well-being of all Vermonters by making our public health system stronger and more integrated into every community and consistent across the State. By working together, we can achieve health equity and over time, become a healthier nation. We need your help to get there.
President, Vermont Public Health Association
The VtPHA is a statewide membership organization that seeks to positively influence the health of all Vermonters. The VtPHA does this by providing a strong, independent voice for public health in Vermont through advocacy, education, and community engagement, and by bringing together professionals, policymakers, and partners.