We may be physically distant from each other, but now it’s more important than ever to come together. That’s why our 2021 theme is “Building Bridges to Better Health.”

Making communities safe and healthy is public health’s top priority. COVID-19 has made that even more important. Even though we won’t gather in person, social media and virtual platforms make it easier than ever for us to connect, create and take action.

NPHW 2021 will take place completely virtually April 5-11, 2021. 

National Public Health Week will be here before we know it! Contact us if you’d like to help us with the planning or if you have an event you’d like us to promote or co-sponsor.

Themes for Each Day: 

Schedule of Events (see end of page for more details):

Help us take 1 Billion Steps!
As an early kick-off to National Public Health Week, we are inviting you to join our team, “Maryland Movers”, that will be participating in APHA’s “Keep it Moving” step challenge. Our team’s mission is to get as many steps in as possible for just one month—March 11-April 11.  Did you know that it’s approximately 600,000 steps from Ocean City to Deep Creek Lake (by my humble calculation)?  Can we make this our collective one-month goal?!  Here’s the link to join the team—share with anyone in your sphere who is a “Maryland Mover (and Shaker)”—just as the weather is finally getting nicer time to get moving, soak in some sunshine, increase your Vitamin D levels, clear your head, brighten your mood, and join us!

MdPHA’s National Public Health Week (NPHW) April 5-11, 2021 Event Descriptions:

Monday, April 5

Proclamation for National Public Health Week by Rockville Mayor Bridget Newton and Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott who each will issue a proclamation in their respective cities. The Rockville Proclamation will be read live at approximately 7:10 pm on 4/5 during the Mayor and Council’s meeting. The Proclamations call upon citizens to observe NPHW “by helping families, friends, neighbors, co-workers and leaders to better understand the value of public health and supporting great opportunities to adopt preventive lifestyle habits in light of this year’s theme, ‘Building Bridges to Better Health.'” We thank the Mayors for their support!

Tuesday, April 6

APHA’s Family Trivia Night, 6 p.m. Features questions about public health, pop culture and more. Kids are welcome, and prizes will be awarded to top teams. RSVP Here

Wednesday, April 7

APHA’s Twitter Chat: APHA is hosting its 11th annual NPHW Twitter Chat at 2 p.m. We’ll chat about all things public health, celebrate everything public health has accomplished, and talk about where the movement is going. Make sure you follow @NPHW on Twitter and use #NPHWchat.

MdPHA Legislators of the Year Award and New Member Welcome. Join MdPHA for our big Zoom gathering of the week as the Maryland Citizens Health Initiative recognizes MD Senate President Bill Ferguson and MdPHA recognizes State Senator Melony Griffith as Legislators of the Year, and we welcome our newest members. There will be networking opportunities, too! RSVP Here

Thursday, April 8

APHA’s Getting Hired After You Graduate Webinar: For students about to graduate into an uncertain future, now’s a great time to hear from young professionals who navigated the pandemic to secure their public health roles. Join us for this 1-hour webinar and discussion featuring a dynamic panel of young public health professionals and learn tips and tricks from those who have been in your shoes. Featuring the following recent grads: Manasa Pallapolu, MHA, Manager of Patient Experience at Children’s National Hospital, Latoya Chimilio, MPH, COVID-19 case investigator for the Orange County Department of Public Health, Zeruiah Buchanan, MPH, Suicide Prevention Epidemiologist at Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, Evelyn Maldonado Program Associate for the Climate Center. RSVP Here.

Friday, April 9

Addressing the Current State of the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in Maryland: A Town Hall from the Community Perspective, 4:30-6 p.m. MdPHA is hosting a town hall webinar to inform public health professionals and our community members in Maryland about the various vaccine access points within our state. Through this town hall, we plan to highlight diverse perspectives from within the community, health care, and public health systems regarding vaccine access and how they are informing communication with their communities. This event is open to the public. Click here to attend the event. Registration is not required for this event, but it is highly encouraged. Please submit your registration and any questions you may have for our panelists to address during the town hall here.

Saturday, April 10

Zumba, noon-1 p.m. Join Washington, D.C.-area Zumba fitness instructor Sandra Lopez for a free virtual Zumba fitness class! This all-level dance class will be fun, fast, and beginner-friendly, with modifications available. RSVP Here.

Vision Board Workshop, 3-4 p.m. Join APHA staff as we focus on what matters, and get creative visualizing our goals! We’ll be creating virtual vision boards. This free art workshop is open to everyone. RSVP Here.

All Week Long!

APHA has set a theme for each day of the week and MdPHA will be sharing related ideas/quick activities. In addition, each day, MdPHA will recognize groups for their many contributions during COVID-19:

Monday: Rebuilding (Clinical and Non-Clinical Health Care Workers)

Tuesday: Advancing Racial Equity (Families Who Stayed Home)

Wednesday: Strengthening Community (Teachers, Childcare/Daycare, Maintenance)

Thursday: Galvanizing Climate Justice (Law Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, Transportation, Corrections, Postal)

Friday: Constructing COVID-19 Resilience (Civic Leaders)

Saturday: Uplifting Mental Health and Wellness (Information Technology)

Sunday: Elevating the Essential and Health Workforce: MdPHA will provide lunch for our frontline health worker colleagues at UM Capital Region Health Bowie/Laurel Center.

APHA’s Digital Scavenger Hunt: The items to post relate to the daily themes of National Public Health Week. You are not required to publish an image relating to the daily theme on the day you post, though it may help your chances of winning! The more times you post to your Instagram feed using the hashtag #NPHWinstahunt, the higher your chances are to win. Participant accounts must be set to public and posts must remain visible through the end of NPHW. You can also send photos to nphwcontest@apha.org. Five winners of $25 Amazon gift cards will be randomly selected and announced on April 13 at noon! Keep it Moving Challenge

Join our MdPHA team “Maryland Movers” as we move “together,” collectively tracking over 700,000 steps—the distance from Ocean City to Deep Creek Lake!

For more information, please visit our website, APHA’s NPHW website, or email MdPHA at getinfo@mdpha.org. See you in April!