The City of Long Beach will join communities across the United States during the first week of April for National Public Health Week. Created by the American Public Health Association, National Public Health Week seeks to address the causes of poor health and disease risk among individuals and throughout communities. The City’s Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will celebrate the Week with activities that reach people of all ages from across the City.
On Monday, April 1, the Health Department will welcome Long Beach Unified School District high school students for a Public Health Career Pathways program. More than 230 Health and Medical Pathway high school students from high schools Beach, McBride, Poly and Jordan, and the Linked Learning Program will learn about careers in public health by participating in interactive stations showcasing Emergency Management, Clinical Services, Public Health Nursing, Vector Control, Cannabis and Tobacco Education, Environmental Health, and the Healthy Active Long Beach Program.
“A healthy community is a thriving community, and it is critical that we provide tools and resources to keep our residents physically, mentally and emotionally healthy,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I encourage residents to participate in the Week’s public events and learn what is available for them year-round.”
On Tuesday, April 2, the community is invited to several public events, which include:
Public health violence prevention approaches: From 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., the lobby of City Hall will be transformed into a gallery display of violence prevention programs and initiatives focused on improving the quality of life for all Long Beach residents. Self-care, mindfulness activities, and LBDHHS program information will be shared. Light refreshments will be served.
Myths, Facts, Impacts & Resources: From 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Health Department, the YWCA Sexual Assault Crisis Services will present a workshop on sexual assault. The mission of the workshop is to improve the quality of life for those victimized by sexual assault and expand awareness in the community on issues related to sexual violence. Space is limited, so residents are encouraged to RSVP.
City Council Presentation: Health Department Director Kelly Colopy will present the “faces of public health” in Long Beach and highlight the many contributions Public Health makes to create a healthier and safer city for all who live, work and play in the city. Council meeting starts at 5:00 p.m.
“Learning healthy practices is beneficial to the entire community regardless of age, race, gender or zip code,” said Colopy. “We want to ensure that all residents have access to resources to make their lives better, which in turn lifts up the community as a whole.”
In addition to the Week’s events, the Health Department is encouraging the community to take the Walking Wednesday Challenge on Wednesday, April 3. Participation is easy: Simply take a photo while out on a walk, stroll or roll through the city, and share on social media using #WalkWednesdayLBC. Also, on Thursday, April 4, a behind-the-scenes view of the Health Department will debut with a video interview of Colopy and City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis. The video will be posted to the Department’s Facebook page and will cover public health issues in Long Beach as well as the many health-related programs, services and activities taking place across the city