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National Public Health Week

Apr 3, 2023

WHEREAS, the week of April 3-9, 2023, is National Public Health Week, and the theme is “Centering and Celebrating Cultures in Health.”; each day of the week has a unique theme, and so this year’s themes are Community, Violence Prevention, Reproductive and Sexual Health, Mental Health, Rural Health, Accessibility, and Food and Nutrition; and

WHEREAS, public health professionals help communities prevent, prepare for, withstand, and recover from the impact of a full range of health threats, including disease outbreaks, pandemics, natural disasters, and disasters caused by human activity; and

WHEREAS, public health actions, together with scientific and technological advances, play a major role in reducing and, in some cases, eliminating the spread of infectious disease; and

WHEREAS, our personal actions, including maintaining a nutritional diet and embracing physical activity, can ripple to affect the health and safety of our communities, families, friends, and neighbors; and

WHEREAS, the state health improvement plan, Healthy Alaskans 2030, emphasizes that our public health systems, across many sectors, agencies, and communities, are critical to improving the overall health of Alaskans and reducing health disparities; and

WHEREAS, National Public Health Week reminds us of the importance of developing and maintaining healthy communities through strong partnerships with public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address the unique challenges facing Alaskans.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim April 3 – 9, 2023 as:

National Public Health Week

in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to be active in the pursuit of public health and safety.

Dated: April 3, 2023