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Giving Thanks: November 23 Honors NACCHO Public Health Heroes


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Giving Thanks: November 23 Honors NACCHO Public Health Heroes
Thanking Our All Too Often Unsung Public Health Heroes

Washington, DC (November 23, 2009)—

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 23 marks the nation’s fifth 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. “In this especially challenging time of epidemic and recession, the value of these departments and staff is demonstrated most visibly. 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.”

According to a new Research!America poll, 72% of Americans say it is very important to include strategies to prevent disease and promote wellness in health reform. And 75% of Americans favor increasing federal funding for state and local health departments and hospitals nationwide.

Other organizations joining Research!America and NACCHO are the American Public Health Association, Association of Schools of Public Health, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.

NACCHO is the national organization representing the nation's 2,800 local health departments. These agencies work every day on the front lines to protect and promote the health of their communities. NACCHO develops resources and programs and promotes national policies that support effective local public health practice.