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By Kent Donahue

April 01, 2019

This week, April 1 – 7, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) is acknowledging National Public Health Week (NPHW). NPHW presents an opportunity for communities across the United States to reflect on the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our health. 

 Public health professionals across Orange County make it their life’s work to help keep people and communities healthy- from better maternal and child health to improvements in disease control and prevention to addressing environmental concerns and emergency preparedness.

 DOH-Orange Health Officer Dr. Kevin Sherin said, “There are amazing opportunities in Orange County to build collective impacts for upstream health issues.  For example, addressing child poverty and the built environment can help change our future together.  By focusing on ‘communities of promise’ we can impact social determinants of health and build resilience to toxic stress. Our vision is a bright future where No ZIP code is left behind.” 

In Orange County, the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is designed to address specific opportunities for improved health that have been identified by the community. The department has partnered with many stakeholders to implement the CHIP and collaborates regularly to track progress. 

During National Public Health Week, on April 5, 2019, DOH-Orange will recognize individuals from the community as “Public Health Heroes” for their contributions and dedication to public health. The ceremony will be held in the DOH-Orange Lake Ellenor Auditorium, 6101 Lake Ellenor Drive, starting at 2pm.

National Public Health Week is an initiative of the American Public Health Association and seeks to educate the public, policy-makers, and public health professionals about issues important to improving public health. NPHW was established in 1995 as a way to recognize the contributions of public health workers and the services they provide.