This message is sent on behalf of Northeast District Department of Health (NDDH) Director of Health Sue Starkey.
April 5 – 11, 2021 is National Public Health Week and I want to take a moment to thank each and every one of our hard-working NDDH staff members, board members, extraordinary Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, and the many dedicated and dependable community partners who make up our public health system in northeast Connecticut.
COVID-19 has tested all of us this past year. The frenzied pace and sobering prospect of delivering thousands of public health services across our district all while managing an on-going COVID-19 response was at times (and continues to be) overwhelming. Still, inspections took place, permits were issued, complaints were resolved, solutions were found, thousands of calls were managed, and to date, our small but mighty health department has vaccinated over 8,000 people against COVID-19. We worked together. We grieved together. We grew stronger together. We responded together. The work continues to educate, to vaccinate…and someday soon, to celebrate.
Here is President Biden’s official proclamation:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/04/05/a-proclamation-on-national-public-health-week-2021/ and some of the acknowledgements being shared across social media: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ThankYouPublicHealth. I have also attached a poster that reminds us of the power of prevention which forms the foundation of public health.
I hope you will take the time to read and share this message and reflect on the many ways our communities are stronger because of the strength and support of our public health system partners and the services provided by NDDH...and many other local health districts and departments across the state.
Thank you for supporting the mission of NDDH. We are proud of our nearly 48 years of preventing illness, promoting wellness, and protecting public health. We could not do what we do…without you. #ThankYouPublicHealth.
STAY SAFE from COVID-19 – Even if vaccinated, wear your mask, keep your distance, wash your hands, and avoid crowds.
Learn what you can and cannot do following vaccination.
For more information, visit the CT Vaccine Portal or the NDDH Vaccination Webpage.
National Public Health Week is April 5-11, 2021 #ThankYouPublicHealth
Thank you for being a valued public health partner!
NDDH - Preventing illness, promoting wellness, and protecting public health since 1973.