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Recap: National Public Health Week

Last week was National Public Health Week (NPHW), a time to honor, celebrate, and raise awareness for the critical ways public health improves our lives.

This year’s NPHW theme, “Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money,” highlighted the value of prevention and the importance of well-supported public health systems in preventing disease, saving lives and curbing health care spending.

All 50 accredited schools of public health in the North America and Europe, along with government agencies and community partners, celebrated the week in their own unique fashion. The University of Minnesota School of Public Health hosted the ninth annual National Public Health Week Film Festival.

The nightly lineup and themes were:


  • Monday, April 1 – Agriculture & Food: “Genetic Roulette”
  • Tuesday, April 2 – Marketing a Cause: “Pink Ribbons, Inc.”
  • Wednesday, April 3 – Mental Health: “Minnesota Nice?”
  • Thursday, April 4 – Environmental Health: “Bhopali”
  • Friday, April 5 – Gender Identity: “TRANS”

The week concluded with a Research Day, showcasing the work of 79 student researchers. Participants displayed posters and discussed their research with an audience of faculty, staff, fellow students, and others.

I support Public Health buttonTrue to this year’s theme, John R. Finnegan Jr. Ph.D., Dean of the School of Public Health
and chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), took NPHW as an opportunity to draw attention to the need to re-invest in prevention at the population level. Finnegan will be leading efforts with fellow deans to educate legislators on the merits of public health initiatives.

All in all, the week was a success, seeing record-breaking attendance at the film festival and the research day.

More information on the week can be found here.

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