Join us for National Public Health Week!
During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation's health. For over 25 years, APHA has served as the organizer of NPHW, and IPHA is a proud partner and collaborator in these efforts.
Centering and Celebrating Cultures in Health
This year we are “Centering and Celebrating Cultures in Heath” to ensure everyone, in all cultural communities, has a chance at a long and healthy life. To do so, we must address and prevent the underlying causes of poor health and disease risk. We can use social determinants of health to understand how those causes are different for each person based on various factors like race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and financial situation.
Our cultures have always shaped our health. We learn from the communities we're born in and that we build together. For this NPHW, we look to community leaders as our health leaders. We celebrate the unique and joyful ways different cultures focus on health. And we look to how we can learn from each other, with humility and openness.
Thankfully, we can do something. If we focus on inclusion and equity to ensure decisions are made with everyone's health in mind, we can build healthier communities and, eventually, the healthiest nation. But we need your help to get there.
Join us in observing National Public Health Week 2023 and become part of a growing movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation. We’ll celebrate the power of community, share strategies for successful partnerships and champion the role of a strong public health system.
- Read APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin's Welcome Letter
- Join the Keep It Moving Challenge
- Take the Pledge to Create a Healthier America
Support Students in Public Health
The Illinois Public Health Association grants several graduate scholarships each year to qualified graduate students in Public Health. The scholarship program's goal is to contribute to increasing the number of Public Health professionals in Illinois by supporting the efforts of Illinois residents seeking advanced degrees in Public Health. Join us in supporting students in public health by purchasing a t-shirt for our scholarship program fundraiser! All proceeds go towards funding our scholarship program for public health students.
Previous shirt styles are still available in the IPHA Bonfire Store!
Monday, April 3
APHA Kickoff Forum, 2:00 - 3:30 PM EST
Join a conversation about the intersections of public health and how public health professionals can collaborate with and learn from community leaders to build trust and a strong foundation for health equity.
Living With a Disability: A Patient's Perspective, 12:00-1:00 PM CST
By detailing her experience with a spinal cord injury, Lee Krizka shares insight into the way disability affects a patient’s life. Join IPHA’s PHEd Talk to learn more about best practices regarding disability healthcare and patient experience coordination.
Movie Screening: "Building the American Dream"
UIC School of Public Health Auditorium, 5:00-7:30PM CST
This bilingual documentary follows three immigrant families who are rising up to seek justice in an industry rife with inequities. Amid Texas' construction boom, laborers face exploitation and health and safety violations. The documentary covers topics such as wage theft, occupational fatalities, political advocacy, and community resilience.
Tuesday, April 4
APHA Student Day
Speed Networking, 1:00 - 4:00 PM EST
Need your resume/cover letter reviewed, advice on shifting jobs mid-career or tips on writing policy? Students and early career professionals are encouraged to join us for 20-minute mentoring sessions with APHA’s brightest mentors.
Early Career Professionals Panel, 5:30 - 6:30 PM EST
Hear early-career professionals talk about navigating the transition from public health student to public health professional and what they have learned along the way.
Wednesday, April 5
NPHW Twitter Chat, 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST
It's the biggest public health conversation of the year! Join us for an hour of collaboration and conversation with hundreds of public health organizations and leaders. Powered by UnitedHealth Group.
IPHA Student Day 2023
On April 5, 2023, the Illinois Public Health Association will host public health students from across the state for IPHA's Annual Student Day. Students will have the opportunity to learn IPHA's legislative priorities, network with public health professionals and students, and gain advocacy skills to use in their public health careers.
Thursday, April 6
Thursday is Public Health Workforce Day, a time to honor the hard work and dedication of those who have dedicated their lives and careers to protecting the public's health.
In celebration, APHA will be offering free continuing education credit webinars to support growth in the field. Webinars will cover cultural humility, HIV prevention and mental health.
HIV Prevention, 1:00- 2:00 PM EST Register Now
Mental Health is Public Health, 3:00-4:00 PM EST Register Now
Cultural Humility, 5:00-6:00 PM EST Register Now
Mental Health Craft Day
WIU Student Union
Join students at WIU, or participate on your own! Crafting is a great way to relieve stress and engage in mental wellness.
Color a picture, dye some Easter eggs, or find your own way to be creative!
Friday, April 7
No events scheduled.
Saturday, April 8
All-levels Virtual Yoga, 1:00-2:00 PM EST
Sunday, April 9
No events scheduled.