New Mexico Department of Health
Our mission is to promote health and wellness, improve health outcomes, and assure safety net services for all people in New Mexico.
David Morgan
575-528-5197 Office
575-649-0754 Mobile

Public Health Keeps Families Healthy from the Start

April 2, 2014 - Public Relations - Celebration

During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.

It’s work to stay healthy. You have think about what you’re going to eat, make sure it’s good for you, and exercise regularly. Imagine if you were responsible not just for your health but that of millions of people.

There are approximately 3,000 New Mexicans who work for the New Mexico Department of Health, and in all sorts of ways, be they large or small; local or statewide, they play a role in keeping the more than two million people living in our state healthy.

This coming Monday marks the start of National Public Health Week, an event created by the American Public Health Association for recognizing all the men and women championing the health of all people and communities.

It’s a job, like so many others, that’s recognized for a day, week or month but is worked on year-round.

The theme for National Public Health Week this year is: “Public Health: Start Here”, and in so many ways it begins with the Department of Health. Our accomplishments over the last century or so have included providing vaccinations to adults and children, controlling the spread of infectious diseases, and producing healthier mothers and babies one person at a time.

Public health has recognized and educated New Mexicans on the health hazards of tobacco use; historically, we’ve provided vaccinations resulting in the eradication of smallpox and control of measles, and rubella along with other infectious diseases, and provided for family planning.

During the 20th century, life expectancy at birth among U.S. residents increased by 62%, from 47.3 years in 1900 to 76.8 in 2000, and it all started with governments recognizing the benefits of maintaining public health.

Here’s some of the ways your local public health offices in southwest New Mexico make sure you stay healthy from the start:

That’s just a small sample of services public health offices provide in southwestern New Mexico, but there is a world of public health we could show you. Visit the National Public Health Week website for more information.

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