2 Ways to Make a Difference in Your Global, National and Local Communities (before year’s end!)

The aim of public health is to improve population health and eliminate health disparities through addressing the social, educational, economic and environmental determinants of health.  BUT, this mission isn’t just for public health-ers…it’s for any concerned citizen interested in making the world a better place for all.

1. Keep informed about the 67th session of the U.N. General Assembly (beginning on September 18th), particularly as the discussions relate to the eight Millenium Development Goals:

  • Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger
  • Achieving universal primary education
  • Promoting gender equality and empowering women
  • Reducing child mortality rates
  • Improving maternal health,
  • Combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
  • Ensuring environmental sustainability
  • Developing a global partnership for development

How to get involved: Become a member of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) and attend/organize educational events, Model UN programs and meetings with elected leaders.

 

Panel discussion on “Women’s Unfinished Business at the U.N.” in New York City on September 13, 2012 highlighting the negative impact of gender inequality on health, education and economics throughout the world.

2) Celebrate Food Day on October 24th, a nationwide movement towards healthy, affordable and sustainable food.  Its goals are to:

  • Promote safer, healthier diets
  • Support sustainable and organic farms
  • Reduce hunger
  • Reform factory farms to protect the environment
  • Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers

How to get involved: Spread the word, attend an event, volunteer for an event or host your own eventContact your local Food Day coordinator to find out how!

“Community Forum on Food Prices and Health”, October 26, 2011. Addressed how to shrink the gap between prices of healthy and unhealthy food, the political and economic factors affecting food prices, the connections between food prices and health, and available strategies for making healthy food more affordable.

 

Tweet me @JMCelio – would love to hear how YOU are making a difference in your community and feature your contributions in a future blog post!

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