About National Public Health Week (NPHW)
The first full week of April was declared National Public Health Week in 1995. The goal is to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.
The 2013 NPHW theme is "Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money." The ROI is the return on investment. The theme was developed to highlight the value of prevention and the importance of a supported public health systems in preventing disease, saving lives and curbing health care spending.
The American Public Health Association (APHA) serves as the organizer of NPHW and develops a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers and practitioners about issues related to each year's theme. APHA creates new NPHW materials each year that can be used during and after NPHW to raise awareness about public health and prevention.