Last Updated on November 23, 2015 by cassnetwork

Thank you. These are two of the simplest, yet most gracious, words available in any language.

Today, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is giving thanks to the public health professionals across the state who work tirelessly each day to keep Hoosiers healthy, protecting Indiana residents from disease and injury and responding to public health emergencies.

Public Health Thank You Day 2015 in Indiana honors the public health professionals, healthcare providers, inspectors, environmental health scientists, researchers, community health workers and others who have dedicated their careers to putting the health and well-being of Hoosiers first.

“Protecting public health is one of the most critical jobs there is, and we couldn’t do it without the people on the front lines who devote countless hours to protecting Hoosiers’ health,” said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H.  “Thank you for your compassion, your dedication and for answering the call to help others.”

Public health is the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health, including everything from researching diseases to keeping drinking water safe, preventing injury, detecting and controlling outbreaks and promoting healthy lifestyles.

Along with the ISDH and local health departments, agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and academic schools of public health work daily to ensure the nation’s residents have the best chance for long and healthy lives. Without the work of those dedicated to public health, the U.S. might not have vaccines to prevent polio or fluoridated water to prevent cavities.

Remember to thank a health worker. They help keep you safe.

Visit the Indiana State Department of Health at www.StateHealth.in.gov for important health and safety information or follow us on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/isdh1.

SOURCE: News release from Indiana State Department of Health