The first full week in April each year is National Public Health Week. This year from April 2-8, the American Public Health Association (APHA) and its partners will encourage Americans to get prepared for a public health emergency. The theme is, "Take the first Step, Preparedness and Public Health Threats: Addressing the Unique Needs of the Nation's Vulnerable Populations."
Each day will promote a different need of the community. Monday will address mothers with children in the household. Tuesday will look at local food banks. Wednesday will be concerned with hourly wage workers and employers. Thursday will address schools. Friday will look at chronic health care needs, targeting diabetes, asthma, cancer and high blood pressure.
Mothers are relied upon to do multiple daily tasks like getting their children to school, helping with homework and spending time with their children. It is hard to prepare their families for a public health emergency while doing all this.