Its National Public Health Week

April 6th-12th is National Public Health Week. Although we spend more on health care than any other country, the health system is failing and our nation is falling behind in many important measures of what it means to be healthy. We have reached a point where we must examine our health system and the foundation upon which it stands.

We have the potential to greatly improve our population’s health in the future. By recommitting ourselves to support our nation’s public health system, we can build on the successes of the past and establish the solid foundation needed for a healthy nation. This week aims to highlight these issues, educate the public about public health problems and potential solutions.

My own initial training was to be a clinician (a clinical psychologist), treating individual behavioral health problems. However, I have learned that having efficient healthcare systems and having public policies that support health are of critical importance to the health and the quality of life for people in this country.

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MA, MAppSci, PhD

Dr. Jonathan Foulds is an expert in the field of tobacco addiction.