ECDOH Celebrates National Public Health Week; Recognizes Important Services Performed by Local Health Departments

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 From the Office of the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Gale R. Burstein

Date April 5, 2015

CONTACT: Mary C. St. Mary/Mary.StMary@Erie.Gov

Phone: 716.858.4941/ Mobile: 716.253.3925

ECDOH Celebrates National Public Health Week

Recognizes Important Services Performed by Local Health Departments

ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie County Department of Health (“ECDOH”) is joining other public health agencies to observe National Public Health Week, April 4--10, 2016 as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health and wellbeing.

Each year, National Public Health Week helps to educate communities and raise awareness about the important preventive role that public health departments play in keeping residents healthier and more informed about public health issues. In addition, public health departments promote a health care system that values prevention as much as treatment. Public health professionals and organizations are key to empowering people to participate in this exciting evolution of the public health system to improve the health and wellness of the whole community.

While maintaining a healthy lifestyle and having access to health insurance are critical components toward reaching our goal, we also know that they are only part of a much bigger picture. A growing body of research also tells us that social and environmental determinants — such as education, income, housing and childhood trauma — not only shape people’s risk of disease and poor health throughout their lifetimes, but help shape the risk of disease and poor health into the next generation.

“Every year in the United States, seven out of 10 deaths are due to preventable chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Chronic diseases actually account for an astounding 75 percent of national health care costs,” said Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County Commissioner of Health. “Fortunately, we know that investments in prevention and public health can make an enormous difference. National Public Health Week helps educate and engage Erie County residents in the movement to create a healthier community today and for generations to come.”

“We are fortunate to have a dedicated and experienced team of professionals at the ECDOH. They never lose sight of their goal to serve the citizens of Erie County and to help everyone live healthier lives,” concluded Burstein.

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For More Information:

Erie County Department of Health

New York State Department of Health

National Public Health Week

American Public Health Association