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Department of Health leaders encourage Pennsylvanians to thank public health workers


Pennsylvania Department of Health leaders today visited community health districts across the state as a part of Public Health Thank You Day to acknowledge and express gratitude to public health professionals for their continued dedication to the field.

“Every year on the Monday prior to Thanksgiving, public health associations and organizations take time to acknowledge and thank public health workers for their dedication to protecting the health of all people and their communities,” Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said. “It is important to acknowledge and thank all of the public health workers across Pennsylvania, especially this year as we are 21 months into responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. These health care professionals continue to put their communities first and work tirelessly to keep us safe.”  

Public health workers have responded to many crises over the years, including influenza, HIV/AIDS, cancer, substance use disorders and now COVID-19, among others. Since March 2020, these professionals have consistently dedicated themselves every day to lead Pennsylvania through the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and sacrificed their own health, safety, and time with their loved ones to save lives.