July 29, 2020

Senate Passes Udall’s Bipartisan, Bicameral National Public Health Week Resolution

WASHINGTON –Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) applauded the passage of his bipartisan Senate resolution  to recognize National Public Health Week.

“National Public Health Week is a time to reflect on the hard work we must do to protect our communities, and recognize the bravery of public health workers in New Mexico and across the country who are working tirelessly to keep us all safe,” Udall said. “During National Public Health week, we must renew our commitment to building healthier communities, not just with words, but by investing in the professionals, infrastructure and public health programs that protect us and create a better future. The COVID-19 pandemic is a sobering reminder that the health of each New Mexican and American is linked to the health of all of us, and while we continue to protect others from the global pandemic, we must also take this opportunity to fight for a future where everyone has equitable access to quality and affordable medical care.” 

Since 1995, the United States has observed National Public Health Week. The theme of this year’s National Public Health Week, which was April 6-12, is “NPHW @ 25: Looking Back, Moving Forward.” The week recognizes public health’s contributions to improving the health of the American people and achieving health equity. The week is observed by the Congressional Public Health Caucus, the American Public Health Association (APHA), and other members of Congress supportive of public health.

Udall’s resolution was co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Angus King (D-Maine), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.). Congressional Public Health Caucus Co-Chairs, U.S. Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), and Rob Wittman (R-Va.) led the introduction of the companion resolution in the House of Representatives.