FT. LAUDERDALE – It’s National Public Health Week, a time of year when the Florida Department of Health in Broward County highlights a variety of programs and activities carried out by public health professionals and community partners to protect, promote and improve the health of Broward residents and visitors.
“National Public Health Week gives us the opportunity to bring awareness to public health efforts in Broward County and to highlight the collaboration with our partners and the collective impact public health has in our community,” said Dr. Paula Thaqi, Director of DOH-Broward.
Throughout the week, DOH-Broward will provide information about programs such as childhood and adult immunizations, nutrition and fitness activities to decrease obesity, mosquito protection, affordable health coverage for children, HIV and STD prevention, environmental health and nutrition services for pregnant women, infants and children – plus more.
The Department is working to support the 2017 theme of National Public Health Week, which is creating the Healthiest Nation 2030 for our coming generations – and we’re doing it the Florida Way.
A year ago, Florida became the first state in the nation to receive national accreditation for having an integrated Department of Health, through the Public Health Accreditation Board.
Accreditation by PHAB signifies that the department, including the state health office and all 67 county health departments, is meeting national standards for ensuring that essential public health services are provided in the community.
Accreditation will continue to guide the department’s fulfillment of the 10 Essential Public Health Services and will lead to continuous improvement in service, value and public accountability.