Health Ministry leaders urge Pennsylvanians to thank public health workers

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania Department of Health leaders today visited community health districts across the state as part of Public Health Appreciation Day to recognize and express their gratitude to public health professionals for their continued dedication to the field.

“Each year on the Monday before Thanksgiving, public health associations and organizations take the time to recognize and thank public health workers for their dedication to protecting the health of all and their communities,” said the secretary of the public. Acting Health, Alison Beam. “It is important to recognize and thank all public health workers in Pennsylvania, especially this year when we have 21 months to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. These healthcare professionals continue to put their communities first and work tirelessly to keep us safe. ”

Public health officials have responded to many crises over the years, including influenza, HIV / AIDS, cancer, substance use disorders and now COVID-19, among others. Since March 2020, these professionals have consistently dedicated themselves every day to guiding Pennsylvania in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and have sacrificed their own health, safety and time with loved ones to save lives.

“Thank you to all of the public health workers in Pennsylvania, whether in a health department, association or other organization, who continue to work to protect their communities from COVID-19,” said the general practitioner, the Dr Denise Johnson. “Pennsylvania public health workers promote healthy behaviors, prevent injury and disease, and ensure the safe delivery of quality health care to all citizens of the Commonwealth. Our public health workers play a vital role in saving lives and, through their efforts over the past century, have helped increase average life expectancy from 47 in 1900 to 79 in 2020. “

“Public health workers have a passion to help their community and the Commonwealth and all Pennsylvanians owe a debt of gratitude to every public health professional for their dedication to protecting our lives,” Deputy Executive Secretary Keara Klinepeter said. . “On behalf of the entire Department of Health, we appreciate and thank all of the public health professionals who strive to build a healthy Pennsylvania for all. We also encourage all Pennsylvanians to reach out and express their gratitude to public health workers in your community. ”

The Commonwealth is committed to protecting the health and well-being of all citizens by continuing to create a better understanding of public health practices.

There are six community health districts in the state that operate 61 State health centers in 61 counties.

To view Acting Secretary Beam’s message of thanks to public health officials, click here.

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