Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have a better understanding of the concept of public health compared to several years ago. Public health has become highly politicized over the course of the pandemic, yet public health agencies and professionals work every day to protect and promote community health. Lantana is proud to employ many public health professionals across our projects and welcomed several new public health analysts this year representing communities across the United States (and even the world!). As we look forward to celebrating our public health colleagues during the American Public Health Association’s National Public Health Week 2022, we’d like to take the opportunity to introduce one of our newest Public Health Analysts and her journey in Public Health: Virgie Fields.
Catch up on our other public health spotlights and blogs here. Be on the lookout for more spotlights from our newest public health analysts.
This year’s National Public Health Week theme, “Public Health is Where You Are,” focuses on the importance of community health. At Lantana, we strive to achieve healthier communities through our direct work in health information exchange standards, which supports initiatives for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and state and local agencies to improve our nation’s health. Lantana recognizes the connection between climate change and health and support initiatives that promote sustainability such as reducing our website’s carbon footprint and partnering with My Green Doctor, a sustainability program for healthcare practices. Lantana also supports our employees’ health and well being. Recently Lantana launched a Fun Committee that organizes virtual coffee breaks, game nights, and other non-work activities to promote socialization amongst our far-flung employees. These have been well attended and appreciated, especially during the pandemic.
As we seek new ways to improve and enrich our daily lives, public health professionals – your friends and neighbors – also find ways to change public health policies and practices that will improve our lives. Please join us in recognizing the public health professionals in your community and celebrating 2022 National Public Health Week. Each day has a theme focused on an aspect of public health:
- Monday: Racism: A Public Health Crisis
- Tuesday: Public Health Workforce: Essential to our Future
- Wednesday: Community: Collaboration and Resilience
- Thursday: World Health Day: Health is a Human Right
- Friday: Accessibility: Closing the Health Equity Gap
- Saturday: Climate Change: Taking Action for Equity
- Sunday: Mental Wellness: Redefining the Meaning of Health
Be on the lookout for these blogs next week: Toward Health Equity in Transfusion Medicine; Change a Life, Be a Mentor; Public Health Analyst Series: Virgie’s Journey; and Climate Change: Taking Action for Equity.
Throughout the week, Lantana’s Public Health Interest Group in partnership with other Lantana interest groups will be sharing a bit about our passions and work to advance community health “where we are.”