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Posted on: March 4, 2020

Jefferson County Public Health Celebrates the 25th Annual National Public Health Week


Jefferson County Public Health is Celebrating the 25th Annual National Public Health Week Beginning April 6th

Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is celebrating National Public Health Week April 6-12, 2020.  This year the National Public Health Week theme is: Looking Back, Moving Forward.  This 25th anniversary is an opportunity to highlight some of the greatest public health successes and to celebrate what makes public health so vital. It’s also a time to reflect on important lessons learned and also missed chances to improve health for all.

Each year for National Public Health Week, JCPH and the Jefferson Co. Board of Health honor people and organizations who make a significant contribution to maintaining and improving health in Jefferson County.  JCPH asks you to join the Board of Health in nominating local Public Health Heroes who make our community safer and healthier.  We want to hear your story.  Nominations are open to the public through March 31, 2020.  Please submit a nomination for an individual, agency/business, or group you feel is making a difference in the health of Jefferson County.

JCPH began recognizing Public Health Heroes as a way to celebrate National Public Health Week locally by honoring people who live or work in Jefferson County, and who promote public health in their daily lives.  The focus of Public Health is improving an entire community’s health through achieving healthier lifestyles and preventing health problems before they arise.  Committed to helping communities become healthy places to live, work and play, Public Health, among other things, provides reliable information that people can use to make healthy choices, protects residents from hazards in the environment, and monitors and controls the spread of communicable diseases through disease investigations and containment tools.

What is a Public Health Hero?  A public Health Hero is a person or an organization that promotes public health in daily life.  Each day of Public Health Week is a different public health focus and nominations can relate to any of the public health focus areas, but are open to others as well.  Following are the public health focus areas for Public Health Week 2020:

  • Mental Health and Chemical Dependency
  • Material and Child Health
  • Violence Prevention
  • Environmental Health
  • Education
  • Healthy Housing
  • Economics (or Equity)

How to make a nomination:

 How do I return the completed nomination form?

The deadline for submitting nominations is Tuesday, March 31th.  Winners will be announced at the April 16, 2020 Jefferson County Board of Health Meeting, held at 615 Sheridan Street, PT from 2:30 – 4:30.

Learn more about National Public Health Week and “Looking Back, Moving Forward” at

For further information, contact Jenny Matter at (360) 385-9400 or

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