April 3, 2014
Contact: Liz Crawford, Public Information Officer
Public Health Week Raises Awareness
The Iredell County Health Department (ICHD) recognizes National Public Health Week (April 6th -12th) by reminding the public about the role public health has in all our lives. If you have ever drank water, eaten at a restaurant, worn a seatbelt, received a vaccine, or enjoyed clean air at a tobacco-free park/restaurant/ public area, then your life has been directly impacted by public health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), most people don’t realize everywhere public health is in their daily life. When the average person is asked what public health is, their reply is often limited to: “healthcare for low-income families.” CDC′s Ten Great Public Health Achievements in the 20th Century was created to remind us of how far we′ve come, how we got here, and exactly what public health is: the active protection of our nation′s health and safety, credible information to enhance health decisions, and partnerships with community groups and local organizations to promote good health.
Public health is credited with adding 25 years to the life expectancy of people in the United States in this century.
In addition to extending life expectancy, public health is a proven return on investment: Healthy people cost less. By keeping people healthy, public health investments show dividends. When we invest in health programs, everyone benefits.
There are a variety of services offered and focus areas that ICHD works on in order to effectively serve Iredell County residents. In addition to providing quality clinical, dental and environmental health services, ICHD is also continuously working in the fields of emergency preparedness, disaster management, health promotion and community health planning to ensure the health and well-being of Iredell County residents.
This year’s Public Health Week theme, Health Starts Here, is split into 5 different themes that will be featured on a local level throughout the month. Stay tuned for more!
or (704) 664-5281 (Mooresville).
For information on making monetary/ product donations to the health department, visit http://www.co.iredell.nc.us/Departments/Health/forms/Donation_Form.pdf
Iredell County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services. Iredell County Health Department welcomes input about programs, services and public health issues. To provide input, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.