This week is National Public Health Week and Sarah Patrick, director of the Jackson County Public Health Department, says they have a big goal in mind.|
"The American Public Health Association has really helped start this National Public Health Week to help people learn about public health, and to celebrate the things that are getting done, and to engage communities - has set this lofty goal of - one that we really need to focus on in the US which is: becoming the healthiest nation by 2030."
Because education is important to meet this goal, every day of the week has had a different educational theme.
For instance, Thursday was technology and public health, which focused on educational health apps. Patrick says the US has a long way to go, but they know many effective ways to move the needle in the right direction.
Friday's theme is climate change with a focus on checking for ticks and how to prevent them. Saturday and Sunday focus on Global Health.