APHA Update - April 2016

By Shasta Jorgensen

As NPHA’s new Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council (ARGC), I’m excited to share with NHPHA members all things APHA. If you have questions regarding APHA or want more information about a specific topic covered in this newsletter, please feel free to drop me a line at shasta.jorgensen@gmail.com.  Here are a few things that have crossed my inbox related to APHA recently . . .

The Flint Water Crisis and Beyond
APHA is assisting with the Flint, Michigan, water issue by hosting webinars, facilitating resources for residents and community leaders, printing news stories/article in AJPH, working with APHA Environmental Health Section, and collaborating with other organizations. To view the webinar series, The Flint Water Crisis and Beyond, click here

Recognize National Health Observances with Plan4Health

Plan4Health is working in partnership with the national organizations involved in the Partnering4Health project to create grab-and-go packets for select National Health Observances.  These packets are full of great resources, including sample social media posts and other templates.

APHA Launches 1 Billion Steps Challenge
Join APHA and take small steps for big change. With a goal of reaching 1 billion steps by May 31, the challenge is the perfect way to jumpstart healthy changes in our own lives and encourage our friends, families and co-workers to do the same. Now, we know that 1 billion steps sounds like a lot. But if we all come together and start logging our steps, we can easily reach 1 billion and beyond. Join us in taking small, but meaningful, steps toward creating the healthiest nation in one generation. Let’s step into a healthier future together! Learn more about the 1 Billion Steps Challenge, including how to sign up, log your steps, and win prizes!

Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Launched
APHA, the Aetna Foundation, and the National Association of Counties, in partnership with CEOs for Cities, have launched the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge.  This multi-year program will award more than $1.5 million in prizes for cross-sector work that results in measurable changes in a variety of health-related areas, including tobacco use, walkability and community safety.

APHA Stories on Storify
Be sure to check out APHA on Storify, a platform that uses social media to crate compelling stories.  Make sure to chekc out the recent recap of NPHW and the NPHW Twitter chat.

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