National Public Health Month 2014: ‘Public Health — Start Here’

March 29, 2014

The Sampson County Health Department will take part in the American Public Health Association’s annual celebration of the role of public health and prevention in our communities. Since 1995, communities nationwide have celebrated NPHW each April to draw attention to the need to help protect and improve the nation’s health.

Every year in the United States, seven out of 10 deaths are due to preventable chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease 2. In fact, chronic diseases account for a whopping 75 percent of national health care spending, yet only 3 percent of our health care dollars go toward prevention3.

Hundreds of National Public Health Month 2014 events will happen in communities nationwide where people come together to issue a call to action about the value of prevention to our lives and the role it plays in public health.

We all have a role to play in making our communities healthier places and Sampson County Health Department is excited to help lead the way. Many small preventive steps can add up to make a big difference in transforming a health care system focused on treatment to one that equally values prevention.

“Our nation and community simply cannot sustain the current trajectory of health care spending and chronic disease rates,” said Wanda Robinson, Health Director. “Fortunately, we know that investing in prevention and public health can make an enormous difference.”

“National Public Health Month helps educate and engage Americans in the movement to create a healthier America for ourselves and the generations to come. The hundreds of events that take place this month help showcase the value of supporting prevention and the role that public health agencies, organizations and practitioners play in making prevention possible,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of the American Public Health Association. “We all have a role to play in making America the healthiest nation in one generation. And it starts with each of us taking the simple preventive steps that lead to better health.”

For more information about National Public Health Month, visit To learn more about public health efforts in our community, contact the Sampson County Health Department at 910-592-1131, extension 4240 or visit

2 Kung HC, Hoyert DL, Xu JQ, Murphy SL. Deaths: final data for 2005. National Vital Statistics Reports 2008;56(10). Available from:

3 APHA. The Prevention and Public Health Fund: A critical investment in our nation’s physical and fiscal health. June 2012. Available at: