HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Statement on National Public Health Week

HHS: April 1, 2013

As we celebrate the start of National Public Health Week, we recognize public health’s successes and dedicate ourselves to continuing to advance the public’s health.

The nation’s public health affects and connects us all. The Department of Health and Human Services protects public health in many ways; from tobacco control to vaccinations to preventive care and wellness, making health care more accessible to all Americans and ensuring that we have safe water and food.

Three years ago, the Affordable Care Act ushered in a new day for health care, especially for prevention. This year’s theme, “Public Health is ROI; Save Lives, Save Money,” is consistent with the Affordable Care Act’s focus on preventing illness and keeping people healthy. Read more