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Maine health association shows how public health shapes lives.

THE MAINE Public Health Association used National Public Health Week as a stepping-off point to raise awareness about the roles public health plays in building healthy communities.

Teaming up with local organizations across the state to draw attention to the importance of public health, the APHA Affiliate worked to promote activities such as a citizens' call to action to help improve the health and quality of life for all Maine residents. The public health association sent news releases to local and statewide media outlets each day of National Public Health Week, with each release highlighting the different ways public health touches each aspect of people's lives in homes, the community, schools, workplaces and nationwide.

As part of a national effort supported by the Association of Schools of Public Health, the Maine Public Health Association participated in the This is Public Health awareness campaign. The campaign's bright red stickers were placed statewide with photos highlighting the wide reach of public health efforts and how those efforts impact daily lives. Photos included shots of drinking fountains, fire hydrants, public health meetings in communities, children wearing helmets while riding their bicycles, "no smoking" signs, playground equipment, walking paths and many more examples of public health.

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On April 9, the Maine Affiliate held a media event in the Welcome Center located in the state house building in Augusta. Featured speakers included state legislators, public health officials and Affiliate members. A presentation showcased the best of hundreds of This is Public Health photos sent in from across the state, and organizers also aired the APHA Healthiest Nation in One Generation campaign video.

To start the week, Gov. John Elias Baldacci signed a proclamation acknowledging April 6-12 as Public Health Awareness Week in Maine, a state where health reform has been on the front burner for many years. Maine's Dirigo health program has enrolled more than 29,000 people since 2005.
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