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SHELBY COUNTY, TN – In alignment with public health agencies around the country, the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) will celebrate National Public Health Week the week of April 5 – 11, 2021.
The theme for this year’s nationwide celebration is “Building Bridges to Better Health,” and that is exactly what public health does. Health departments bridge the gap between government and the private health care sector to protect the environment for all, promote healthy practices, and connect the most vulnerable to needed care and services.
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has made even clearer the importance of public health and the work of the Shelby County Health Department. I am constantly inspired by the efforts of the men and women of the Health Department to promote, protect, and improve the health of our community.”
“Before the COVID-19 pandemic, many in our community knew little about the role of public health,” said Interim Health Director LaSonya Hall. “Monitoring and mitigating the spread of emerging infections like COVID-19 has long been one responsibility of public health, however, that is far from the only one. The work of the Health Department touches everyone in our community at every phase of life. SCHD provides everything from breast-feeding assistance to new mothers, to supplemental food assistance to low-income seniors. We provide and promote health screenings, vaccinations and healthy habits for everyone from birth to old age. And our environmental health programs promote safe food, clean drinking water and clean air for everyone in Shelby County.”
Please join Mayor Harris and Shelby County Government in thanking Shelby County’s public health workers during National Public Health Week, April 5 – 11, 2021.