Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Public health laws can work to shape our environments and behaviors from the very beginning and impact where we live, work and play throughout our lives. This year, the theme for National Public Health Week 2014 is "Public Health: Start Here." Throughout the week of April 7-11, we will share evidence and participate in events that correspond to the daily themes.

Follow along via our social media channels — Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter — and through exclusive posts to the Harvard Petrie-Flom Center’s Bill of Health blog.

Daily Themes and Activities

Check back during National Public Health Week, we will update this list with all the content we share each day.

  • Monday, April 7: Be healthy from the start. From maternal health and school nutrition to emergency preparedness, public health starts at home.
    • Local laws helped reduce childhood lead poisoning from 20 percent to less than 2 percent in the past 10 years: bit.ly/1e3Ny5u
    • All US states have laws that address youth sports concussions, but are they making kids safer? Find out: ow.ly/vvDGH
    • Fortifying corn flour could help prevent birth defects that impact 1 in 33 babies born every year: bit.ly/1ey24Hn
  • Tuesday, April 8: Don't panic. Disaster preparedness starts with community-wide commitment and action.
    • Practice makes perfect. Simulations help us practice making key decisions in emergencies: http://bit.ly/1fGSWlO

The Public Health Law Research program (PHLR) is an official national partner of National Public Health Week 2014.

See how PHLR partcipated last year by clicking here.