National Public Health Week (Monday, April 4 through Sunday, April 10) is a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the health of our nation. This year’s theme is “Public Health is Where You Are,” which acknowledges the impact of where we live on our community’s overall health. Tackling long-standing health disparities requires an equitable, whole-person approach.
As noted on the National Public Health Week (NPHW) website, having support and feeling included within our social communities can have a positive effect on our mental and physical health. Certain obstacles—physical, mental, financial, cultural and language barriers—may make it difficult for some to get and use public health resources where they live. Communities of color, LGBTQ communities, and people with disabilities all face barriers to accessing health care and resources.
Amida Care celebrates our sponsor providers (Acacia Network, Community Healthcare Network, Harlem United, Housing Works, Sun River Health, St. Mary’s Center and VillageCare)–and all our providers–in their efforts to serve these communities. We work closely with our providers to offer wraparound care. Whole-person, high-quality, culturally-competent health care that includes primary care, mental health, gender-affirming care, specialty care, and sexual health services, including HIV prevention and treatment, should be accessible to everyone.
Our provider partners often serve as an entry point to care for many of our members and are crucial to our mission. During the past two years, our combined commitment ensured that members have access to COVID testing and vaccinations; we are still involved in that work.
This week and always, we’re grateful for our strong partnerships with public health providers and for their ongoing work in delivering care for all.