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Giving Thanks to Public Health Heroes


Contact: Becky Wexler
Burness Communications

Giving Thanks to Public Health Heroes
Thanking Our All Too Often Unsung Public Health Heroes

Washington, DC (November 22, 2010)—As Thanksgiving approaches, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) joins Research!America and other leading U.S. public health organizations in asking Americans to give special thanks to their federal, state, and local "public health heroes" who protect the nation's health throughout the year. These everyday heroes include all of the staff at local health departments nationwide. November 22 marks the nation's sixth annual Public Health Thank You Day.

"In every community nationwide, and for all people in those communities, local health departments and their staff seek health, equity, and well-being through public health policies and services" said Robert M. Pestronk, executive director of NACCHO. "NACCHO salutes the dedication of these frontline heroes whose work combats disease and improves the quality and length of all lives. Their work is good for everyone."

About the National Association of County and City Health Officials
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation's 2,800 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities.