Changing our future together

Have you hugged a public health nurse today?

You should only do so if you receive permission, of course, but April 2-8 — National Public Health Week — is a great time to hug or high five a public health employee and thank them for the work they do to make our communities healthier, safer, and Outback Strong.

We all have a role to play in public health and making sure our communities are as strong and healthy as possible. That's the goal of this year's National Public Health Week. “Changing our future together” is the theme of this year’s event. The premise behind the week is simple, according to the campaign’s website:

Everyone deserves to live a long and healthy life in a safe environment. To make this happen, we must tackle the causes of poor health and disease risk among individuals and within our communities.

The campaign focuses on a different public health topic every day.

  • Monday, April 2 — Behavioral health
  • Tuesday, April 3 — Communicable diseases
  • Wednesday, April 4 — Environmental health
  • Thursday, April 5 — Injury and violence prevention
  • Friday, April 6 — Ensuring the right to health

Over the next week, we’ll take a closer look at each and explore ways to get involved. In the meantime, you can check out the National Public Health Week website or talk to our own Lake County Public Health staff. You can reach the Lakeview office at (541) 947-6045, or the Christmas Valley office at (541) 576-2176.