National Public Health Week 2016


WHEREAS, public health systems around the world and in the Commonwealth are committed to providing the services and expertise necessary to protect and improve public health; and

WHEREAS, since 1908, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has created and supported strong public health systems that engage residents and community partners to foster a healthier Virginia; and

WHEREAS, a hallmark of Virginia’s public health system is extensive and effective collaboration among a wide range of public and private sector partners; and

WHEREAS, in April, the nation celebrates National Public Health Week to recognize the important role that health professionals play in creating a brighter tomorrow; and

WHEREAS, VDH’s professionals and staff serve as guides to this system, helping communities throughout the Commonwealth promote and protect the health of their residents and visitors; and

WHEREAS, VDH is committed to ensuring that Virginia families are healthy from the start, and its collaborative efforts with individuals, communities, providers, and policy makers will help the Commonwealth’s next generation be healthier than the one before; and

WHEREAS, this year’s theme, Healthiest Nation 2030, reminds us all of the collective effort needed to make the United States healthier by improving our own health and safety as well as that of our neighbors;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 4-10, 2016, as NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.