LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is celebrating National Public Health Week (NPHW) April 5-11.
NPHW is observed during the first full week of April each year. It is held to show how public health helps Arkansans improve their own health, protects them from epidemics and provides preventive health services in their communities.
This year’s national theme, “Building Bridges to Better Health,” focuses on how making communities safe and healthy is public health’s top priority. COVID-19 has only emphasized that priority—and through efforts by the public health system’s health care providers to vaccinate against COVID-19, Arkansas is working to build a bridge out of the pandemic.
The ADH encourages people to learn more about public health services in Arkansas such as the weekly community COVID-19 vaccination clinics that are held in select local health units and community locations across the state. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. There is no out-of-pocket expense for the vaccine, although people should bring their insurance cards to their vaccination site. If they do not have insurance, the vaccine will still be available at no charge.