Saint Louis University

Georges Benjamin, M.D., will deliver the 2013 National Public Health Week keynote lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in Auditorium A of the Learning Resources Center.

Benjamin is the executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and publisher of APHA's official newspaper, The Nation's Health, and the profession's premier scientific publication, The American Journal of Public Health. Benjamin is also the former Health Secretary for the State of Maryland.

About National Public Health Week

Since 1995, when the first full week of April was declared National Public Health Week (NPHW), communities across the United States have observed NPHW as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation.

Each year, NPHW focuses its effort on a different theme, and this year's theme is "Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money." The 2013 NPHW theme was developed to highlight the value of prevention and the importance of well-supported public health systems in preventing disease, saving lives and curbing health care spending.

The American Public Health Association (APHA) serves as the organizer of NPHW and develops a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers and practitioners about issues related to each year's theme. APHA creates new NPHW materials each year that can be used during and after NPHW to raise awareness about public health and prevention.

Visit nphw.org for more information.