By Leslie Terejsen on Thursday, April 7, 2016

“Each year during the first full week of April, the American Public Health Association (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,” stated Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health.  “For over 20 years, APHA has served as the organizer of National Public Health Week.  Every year, the Association develops a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers and practitioners about issues related to each year's theme.  APHA creates new materials each year that can be used during and after this week to raise awareness about public health and prevention.”

Daniel Regenye, Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) Public Health Coordinator, said that the Health Department follows the APHA and during this week, uses their Twitter and Facebook pages to disseminate the important messages.  He added, "The Ocean County Health Department champions the health of all people and all communities.  We work to strengthen the public health profession.  It is important that we speak out for public health issues and policies backed by science.  In fact, in the majority of our programming, we look at evidence-based programs which offer scientific data showing their effectiveness.   We support public awareness campaigns such National Public Health Week. We look forward to working with many agencies, coalitions, etc. to create the healthiest nation.”

Changing our health means ensuring conditions that give everyone the opportunity to be healthy. Join us in celebrating National Public Health Week 2016 and become a part of the movement for change; which includes:

  • Build a nation of safe, healthy communities
  • Help all young people graduate from high school
  • The relationship between increased economic mobility and better health
  • Social justice and health
  • Give everyone a choice of healthy food
  • Preparing for the health effects of climate change
  • Provide quality healthcare for everyone
  • Strengthen public health infrastructure and capacity

            Visit the OCHD website at and follow the Health Department on Twitter@OCpublichealth and like us on Facebook.