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April 3-9, 2017 is National Public Health Week. This year's theme, Healthiest Nation 2030, celebrates the power of prevention, advocating for healthy and fair policies, sharing strategies for successful partnerships and championing the role of a strong public health system.

Becoming the healthiest nation in one generation means ensuring conditions that give everyone the opportunity to be healthy. Here are just some of the ways New Hampshire public health programs and partners touch lives every day.

  • Residents can use the Center for Disease Control and Preventions "Find a Testing Site" zip code tool to locate an STD testing site near where they live. Just enter your zip code and the tool will assist you in locating an agency in that geographical area that providers STD, HIV and/or viral hepatitis testing. Many agencies offer low, no and reduced cost testing.
  • New Hampshire Immunization Program continues to work hard to increase adult immunization rates in our State, as well as increase public awareness about the importance of adult vaccination across the lifespan. The Start the Conversation campaign encourages adult patients to talk with their health care provider about what vaccines they might need, particularly if they suffer from a chronic disease. Read more about adult immunizations.
  • Women, Infants & Children Nutrition Program provides nutrition education and nutritious foods to help keep pregnant women, new mothers, infants and preschool children healthy and strong through the NH WIC Program. Visit the USDA's WIC Program at www.fns.usda.gov/wic to view eligibility requirements and learn how to apply.
  • Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States and New Hampshire. The Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Program provides training and assistance with implementation of systems change for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence at NH Healthcare facilities following Best Practice in US Department of Health and Human Services Clinical Practice Guidelines. Learn more at www.QuitNowNH.org.
  • A study of heat and health in three New England states, including New Hampshire, provides new, local information about how much the public’s health suffers in hot weather. The results of the study led to change in policy by the National Weather Service on when to issue an official heat advisory. The New Hampshire Environmental Public Health Tracking Program and partners in emergency preparedness are revising local heat response plans. Learn more about environmental health projects.

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