Working within communities to make them healthier

| Steve Bieler

Monday, Nov. 20, has been designated Public Health Thank You Day: the day when we recognize public health professionals for their work on behalf of the people of the United States.

Who are these people, what is public health, and why are we thanking them?

Public health professionals are the firefighters, police and rescue workers who were first on the scene following hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. They are the inspectors who make sure that dining in a restaurant is safe as well as delicious. They are social workers and nutritionists, epidemiologists (disease researchers) and lab scientists. 

In the psoriatic disease community, the people who work in public health include the NPF-funded scientists who continue to search for the cure for psoriatic disease. They include the Patient Navigators who answer your questions at our Patient Navigation Center. And they include the advocates who work with legislators in Washington, D.C., and in every state to overcome barriers to appropriate treatment.

These specialists come from many different fields, but they all have one mission: to protect the health of all people across the entire country. 

“We’re a national movement of people, communities and organizations working to ensure conditions where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy,” according to the American Public Health Association (APHA). “Our vision is to create the healthiest nation in one generation.”

Dr. Georges Benjamin, APHA executive director of the, puts it simply: “Doctors treat individuals. Public health treats the community.”

As we count down to Public Health Thank You Day, we hope you’ll check back for more stories on how we tackle health disparities and move one step closer to a world without disease. In the meantime, we encourage you to show your appreciation to the public health professionals who go to bat for us every day. 

Driving discovery, creating community

For more than 50 years, we’ve been driving efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected. But there’s still plenty to do! Learn how you can help our advocacy team shape the laws and policies that affect people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis – in your state and across the country. Help us raise funds to support research by joining Team NPF, where you can walk, run, cycle, play bingo or create your own fundraising event. If you or someone you love needs free, personalized support for living a healthier life with psoriatic disease, contact our Patient Navigation Center. And keep the National Psoriasis Foundation going strong by making a donation today. Together, we will find a cure.

Recent Blog Posts

image that says "fight the flu"
Doctors urge patients with suppressed immune systems to get yearly influenza...
infographic PNC international stats
In honor of World Psoriasis Day, we share stories from our international...
Selfie of Pattie Barry in her garden
Pattie Barry became a nurse so she could help others. When nursing became...
We invite you to be there when we gather the experts in one room to talk about...
Stephen Gerring holding 3-month-old daughter Georgia.
A veteran of Team NPF Run offers ideas to carry you all the way to the finish...
collage of medical symbols
As states battle to shore up their health insurance exchanges, some are taking...
Massachusetts state capitol
Help educate your lawmakers on psoriatic disease and raise awareness at the...
Behind the scenes of a video shoot
With help from some crowdsourcing and talented filmmakers, we made two movies...
Guest blogger Julie Greenwood
Our guest blogger uses her voice to help people understand her disease.