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

This year, we’re celebrating 50 years of driving efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected. See how far we’ve come with this timeline of NPF’s history. But there’s still plenty to do, and we can’t do it without you! 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 funding to promote research into better treatments and a cure by joining Team NPF, where you can walk, run, cycle, play bingo or even create your own DIY event. Contact our Patient Navigation Center for free, personalized support for living a healthier life with psoriatic disease. And keep the National Psoriasis Foundation going strong by making a donation today! Together, we will find a cure.

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