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Thankful for Public Health

Excerpt of an op-ed by Nola Aigner, Public Information Officer at the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health published in the Globe Gazette.

During the Thanksgiving season, there is a lot to be thankful for. Good health, friends, family — the list goes on and on.

As a staff member for the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, I can’t help but be thankful for what my colleagues do to keep our county residents healthy and safe.

Our Disease Prevention and Investigation team works to make sure everyone’s vaccination needs are met. This flu season, the team traveled to many public and school based flu clinics to provide more than 2700 flu vaccines to residents.

The Family and Community Health Service Section is comprised of public health nurses, home care aides and administrative staff who provide care to more than 200 clients monthly. Our public health nurses work with physicians to provide wound care, drawing blood for lab tests and teaching family members about medications. Our home care aides offer assistance with bathing, grocery shopping and laundry.

More than 180 Cerro Gordo County women who were under-insured or had no health insurance received mammograms and breast health screenings through grant dollars from the Chronic Disease Prevention and Self-Management Service Section.

Read the full op-ed here.

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Research!America and Partners Applaud Public Health Heroes for Keeping Us Safe 24/7

Public Health Thank You Day — November 25, 2013

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—November 21, 2013—On the Monday before Thanksgiving, Research!America and partners urge Americans to pay tribute to public health professionals who work around the clock to protect our health. Public Health Thank You Day honors unsung heroes who keep our drinking water safe and air clean, develop vaccines, track and investigate infections, and protect us from natural and man-made threats. These everyday heroes include our health inspectors, environmental health scientists, public health researchers, sanitation workers and many other dedicated workers.

“Professionals throughout the public health system work 24/7 to protect Americans from health threats,” said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH. “The recent federal shutdown was a stark reminder of how much we rely on these professionals day in and day out to detect outbreaks, respond to health emergencies and promote health every day. Their dedication reflects their scientific ethic as well as their continuing commitment to serving the public.” Continue reading →

Public Health Thank You Day, November 25

580491_520295697990810_1202890633_nAs recent disease outbreaks have demonstrated, the need for public health is around the clock. But sequestration, across-the-board spending cuts, presents major challenges for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal health agencies.  Among them: depleted resources for immunizations, reduced support to state and local health departments, and deep cuts to programs to prevent cancer, heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes. In spite of the challenges, public health professionals continue to dedicate their time and energy to addressing major health threats.

CDC employees are among the many public health professionals who show tireless commitment to preventing disease and promoting good health. Health educators instruct children on the long-term effects of lifestyle choices; researchers pursue new treatments for evolving illnesses; regulators ensure prescription drug safety and effectiveness; physicians implement vaccination programs. They are public health heroes, working every day to improve others’ quality of life. Continue reading →