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DPHS Recognition of National Public Health Week
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Division of Public Health Services
Publish Date:
April 10, 2015

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is highlighting some of the great work happening in New Hampshire around public health in recognition of National Public Health Week, an initiative of the National Public Health Association. This year's theme is Healthiest Nation 2030, with the goal of being the "healthiest nation in one generation." The goals are to raise awareness of what public health is, why it is essential, and how it impacts everyone’s life.

Monday's theme is Raising the Grade, highlighting how the U.S. lags behind other developed countries on certain public health markers. DPHS is focusing on improving maternal smoking rates as an area where we can do better. Tuesday's theme is Starting from Zip calling attention to how where we live impacts our health. DPHS is highlighting sexually transmitted disease (STD)/HIV testing and how to find a site to be tested in your neighborhood. Wednesday is about.

Building Momentum and working with leaders, companies, and communities to improve public health. The Immunization Program at DPHS is highlighting their Start the Conversation campaign to improve adult vaccination rates in New Hampshire. For Thursday, Building Broader Connections is the topic and how expanding partnerships is essential for success. An Asthma Program data brief on asthma in the workplace highlights the collaborative process between companies and public health on an important health topic. Friday is all about Building on 20 Years of Success of National Public Health Week and here in New Hampshire we are highlighting the success of improved breastfeeding rates.

"It is difficult to explain how public health works and how it impacts people’s lives, because like the heating system of a building, we tend not to notice it until it breaks down,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. "National Public Health Week is a great opportunity to focus on some of the great work going on in New Hampshire."

For more information about the National Public Health Week in New Hampshire, visit To find out more about NPHW nationally, visit

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