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National Public Health Week

Improving our community's health helps to improve our country's health ranking

The United States is ranked 34th globally in life expectancy (American Public Health Institute).

In 2017 for the third year in a row, National Public Health Week, April 3-9, draws attention to our country’s need to improve its health ranking by the year 2030.

Bloomington Public Health is part of the American Public Health Institute movement of people, communities and organizations working together to create the Healthiest Nation 2030.

Through community partnerships, the Public Health Division strives to promote, protect and improve the health of our community and impact our country's health. Health equity is a goal in order to make a long and healthy life possible for everyone.

Community snapshots highlight our health challenges and solutions

To promote

We work with community partners to create the settings in your surroundings and in your homes that support lifelong health by reducing risks for cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. For young families and seniors, we provide assistance that is important to special health needs.

Community snapshot: More Black and Latino community members live in rental housing than White community members. Less than half of rental properties are smoke-free. Open tab for one challenge and solution to promoting health.

picture of data, challenge and solution for promoting health

Source: 2015 Annual Report to the Community, Bloomington Division of Public Health

To protect

We seek to assure a high level of protection from health threats, including communicable diseases, natural and intentional disasters and preventable injuries. Protection also comes from assuring you have a way to get health care when needed.

Community snapshot: More than one quarter of our residents are a racial minority. Our challenge is to protect minority residents from health threats that contribute to health inequity. Open the tab for one solution to protecting health.

Data show more than one quarter of our residents are a racial/ethnic minority. We help mothers breastfeed to protect minority residents from health threats that contribute to health inequity.

Source: 2015 Annual Report to the Community, Bloomington Division of Public Health

To improve

We use proven practices to raise the level of health in our community.

Community snapshot: Compared to Minnesota, a greater percentage of local families with children are eligible for food help. Studies show us that low income and health problems such as obesity go hand in hand. Open tab for data, a challenge and a solution for improving health. 

Compared to Minnesota, a greater percentage of local families with children are eligible for food help. We provide the WIC program that is proven to reduce the impact of low income and other conditions related to health inequities.

Source: 2015 Annual Report to the Community, Bloomington Division of Public Health

 

Past Public Health Week themes