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National Public Health Week Is A Time To Promote The Benefits Of Healthy, Vibrant Communities. 

NPHW shines a spotlight on public health, highlighting how far we have come as well as acknowledging how much more we need to do to make healthy living easier where people live, learn, work and play.And NPHW gives us an opportunity to showcase the amazing work being done by partners throughout the country. 

Our environments— the policies and systems in place —shape our communities and determine our access to health care, to nutritious foods and beverages and to parks and places to be active. Public health impacts every aspect of our lives, so we must work across sectors to ensure that we are creating and maintaining communities where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy.

This year, NPHW will take place April 3-9, 2017. Join us in celebrating during the week:

  • Help us walk 1 billion steps by National Public Health Week
    Our 1 Billion Steps Challenge is a fun way to connect with others and take steps to improve our nation’s health. The challenge runs from Jan. 9 to April 9, but you can sign up any time. Join our team, or start your own with a group of friends or co-workers. We provide the technology platform that lets you count steps by syncing your device or entering them manually. 
  • NPHW Webinar: Advancing Physical Activity through Innovative Approaches — Join this webinar to learn about innovative, collaborative approaches to promoting physical activity and preventing chronic diseases. Gain understanding through concrete examples of working with partners to provide physical activity options that advance health equity and promote connecting people to the outdoors. Attend this webinar to learn more about DC Park Rx, Walk with a Doc at the HEALing Community Center in Atlanta, and after-school park programs at Miami-Dade Parks, Florida.
  • NPHW Twitter Chat: This year, APHA will host its seventh annual NPHW Twitter Chat on April 5 at 2 p.m. EDT. RSVP.  Follow @NPHW to learn more about the NPHW 2017 Twitter Chat! Use the official hashtag, #NPHWchat, in your tweets so users can easily search for what you and others are saying during the event. Check out the NPHW event page for the RSVP and for more details about the #NPHWchat! Other hashtags are #HealthiestNation2030 and #1BillionSteps

More activities are coming soon! Check out for more events.

Looking for more ways to get involved?

Show your support for science  – If you believe sound science should be the foundation for decision-making, wear it proudly! APHA is a partner in the March for Science and is offering a variety of T-shirts that let you show your support for public health.
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Public Health Day at the Capitol
April 3, 2017
Kicking Off National Public Health Week 2017
Colorado State Capitol, Old Supreme Court Chambers, 2nd Floor
200 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203

You’re Invited!
Click here to RSVP if you plan to attend. 
Breakfast and materials provided for those who RSVP by March 29.
Join us to learn the basics of the legislative process and how to communicate with your legislator!
Continental Breakfast & Networking
Breakfast – While it Lasts – For Those Who RSVP
9:00 am-10:00am
Speakers and Legislative Overview
Special Guest Speakers Expected to Include:
Senator John Kefalas – Public Health Champion
Leaders from the Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment
Buddy Up to Communicate with Your Legislator
Visit the Floor of the Legislature - Limited Opportunity!

For Questions – Email  [email protected]    

NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK 2017 – Healthiest Nation 2030

The Colorado Public Health Association is proud to partner with the American Public Health Association to celebrate National Public Health Week 2017.  During the first full week of April each year, APHA brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. For over 20 years, APHA has served as the organizer of NPHW. Every year, the Association develops a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers and practitioners about issues related to each year's theme. To ensure everyone has a chance at a long and healthy life, we must tackle the underlying causes of poor health and disease risk. Those causes are rooted in how and where we live, learn, work and play.  Thankfully, we can do something. If we partner across public and private sectors to ensure decisions are made with people’s health in mind, we can build healthier communities and eventually, the healthiest nation. But we need your help to get there. Join us in observing National Public Health Week 2017 and become part of a growing movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation. We’ll celebrate the power of prevention, advocate for healthy and fair policies, share strategies for successful partnerships, and champion the role of a strong public health system.


Learn More From Frontline Public Affairs!

The Joint Budget Committee revisited several tabled items late last week:
1. Continuing General Funds of $5 million for School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) was approved in the CDPHE budget. This item passed by a vote of 6-0.

Revenue Projections
While the Governor's Office indicated there is an estimated $700 million shortfall, the Legislative Council's estimate is less.

Marijuana Tax Cash Funds
This afternoon, the JBC is scheduled to learn how much marijuana tax revenues are available to be spent in FY17-18.

To read the full report click here


ACA Repeal and the AHCA: A Letter from CPHA President Brian Turner

March 17, 2017

Good afternoon,

Over the past two weeks, Republicans in the U.S. Congress have advanced the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the long anticipated legislative effort to begin repealing major provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. While the Trump Administration and Republicans have clearly stated their goal is to replace the Affordable Care Act with a plan for better affordability, choice and coverage, the current version of the ACHA seriously jeopardizes the lives of Americans.

The Colorado Public Health Association (CPHA) is the state’s largest and oldest public health association, representing a diverse network of public health, health care and social service professionals, advocates, and concerned citizens from across Colorado’s urban, rural and frontier communities. CPHA is committed to making our state the healthiest in the nation, and our nation the healthiest in the world. With these goals in mind, we cannot support the AHCA in its current form.

More than 20 million people currently have health care coverage due to the Affordable Care Act. These millions of Americans have gained health care through the marketplaces and through expansion of the Medicaid program. This coverage is a critical lifeline for these individuals and paramount to helping achieve better health outcomes and reducing long term health care costs. While there are improvements that can be made, the Affordable Care Act has been moving our country in the right direction.
In a dramatic shift, the new Republican AHCA plan would ultimately increase the number of Americans who are uninsured by 24 million, many among our most vulnerable populations. This would harm patients, limit providers’ ability to offer treatment, and place a greater burden on states to fill in funding gaps for uncompensated care.

The proposed ACA repeal also eliminates the Prevention and Public Health Fund, an important source of funding that helps protect the United States against preventable disease, foodborne illnesses, and deadly infections contracted in hospitals, among many other important public health functions. In Colorado, these resources also target critical issues like childhood obesity, breast and cervical cancer screenings, tobacco use, injury prevention, and a coordinated, statewide approach to fighting chronic disease. Killing the Prevention Fund puts these programs and lives at risk.

CPHA opposes the current draft of the AHCA and we urge our members, partners and stakeholders to join us in our shared commitment to a Colorado that is a thriving, competitive and sustainable place to live and work for all. We are here to help you stay informed on the issues, engaged with your communities and vocal with key decision-makers.

CPHA partners with the American Public Health Association to advocate on issues at the federal level. Visit the APHA Advocacy website and use the resources below to be a champion for public health! The time is now!
Key Resources

With gratitude,
Brian Turner

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