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NPHW 2014

Since 1995, the American Public Health Association (APHA) has dedicated the first full week of April to increasing awareness of public health issues and celebrating contributions to the field. This week is known as National Public Health Week (NPHW).

Each year, APHA assigns a central theme for NPHW as well as sub-themes for each day of the week. The central theme for 2014 is Public Health: Start Here. This theme focuses on public health professionals becoming guides in the changing health care system. The daily sub-themes are as follows:

As a public health organization, Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care (PCHC) is committed to enhancing access to community physical and mental health care through education, public health outreach, advocacy and empowerment as well as to improve health care outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Thus, it is fitting for PCHC to acknowledge National Public Health Week as a time to increase awareness about individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and emphasize the importance of the integration of community based health care services and supports.

For more information on National Public Health Week 2014 please visit www.nphw.org.

* Please note that these articles are written based on information for the general population. Remember to consult a physician and check with agency policies and procedures for specific guidance.


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The Association of Behavioral Specialists


The Association of Behavioral Specialists Members from the Southeastern Behavioral Specialist Forum have currently been spear-heading the development of an independent association for clinicians who provide Behavioral Support Services to the adult intellectual disability population throughout Pennsylvania. The Association of Behavioral Specialists is currently seeking clinicians who may desire to become a part of this newly developing association. Interested parties are asked to contact the Association of Behavioral Specialists directly at behaviorspecialistsofpa@gmail.com
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