Montgomery County Celebrates National Public Health Week

Montgomery County is recognizing and honoring local health care heroes during National Public Health Week (NPHW).

From April 5 – 11, the county is commemorating NPHW with a series of social media posts based on this year’s theme, Building Bridges to Better Health.

The County Council presented a proclamation recognizing NPHW on Tuesday.

According to a press release, the County’s Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Twitter and Facebook platforms will include daily messages for the daily public health themes:

  • Rebuilding
  • Advancing Racial Equity
  • Strengthening Community
  • Galvanizing Climate Justice
  • Constructing COVID-19 Resilience
  • Uplifting Mental Health and Wellness
  • Elevating the Essential and Health Workforce

“For the last year, I have witnessed the incredible work and dedication of our public health staff and the much-needed assistance they have provided to our residents during these very difficult times,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “I think that we all have learned how vital the health department is to our community, and National Public Health Week is our time to recognize and thank the people who have worked tirelessly to protect our quality of life and make Montgomery County a healthier place for all.”

Within the past year, the County’s public health services:

  • Provided more than 500,000 COVID-19 vaccinations. As of April 2, records indicate nearly 350,000 residents have received the first dose of vaccine and more than 180,000 have been fully vaccinated.
  • Created and shared a detailed 10-year Plan to End HIV in Montgomery County. The plan, with a goal of ending the HIV epidemic by 2030, addresses the expansion of four key HIV response service areas: diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and response to outbreaks.

In addition, Wednesday marks World Health Day.

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