North Dakota celebrates inaugural Public Health Thank You Day

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Nov. 22 marks the inaugural North Dakota Public Health Thank You Day, as proclaimed by Gov. Doug Burgum. Public Health Thank You Day is a day to encourage North Dakotans to express gratitude for public health’s extraordinary contributions to the public good. Nationally, the Monday before Thanksgiving has been recognized by APHA, Research!America as a day to express gratitude for the work done by public health professionals.

“You will find public health workers in many places including community clinics, research laboratories and health departments. They work collaboratively across the state to ensure citizens have access to health education and services,” said Dr. Nizar Wehbi, ND State Health Officer. “We are thankful for the work of public health professionals as you work to protect and improve the health of all communities, helping North Dakota become the healthiest state in the nation.”

The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) encourages the public to celebrate these hardworking individuals as they continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 and work to advance public health by saying “Thank You” to individuals who work or have worked in public health.

We all know someone who is part of the public health workforce,” said Marie Moe, NDDoH chief communications officer. “Today is a day we can pause and thank them for the work they do in our communities. Whether in person or online, sharing our gratitude is a small way we can reinforce our appreciation for the work they do to strengthen our communities.”

One can show gratitude at the base of their fingertips by simply logging into Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn and displaying gratitude with a “Public Health Thank You Day” post. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #PHTYD and #PublicHealthHeroes!

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