Host an NPHW Event

COVID-19 has changed the way we celebrate National Public Health Week. Though we can’t gather in person this year, public health is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. There are lots of ways to celebrate NPHW while keeping our communities safe.

Join the movement to create the Healthiest Nation in One Generation by hosting a NPHW event to bring your family, friends, co-workers and community members together virtually! Here are a few ideas:

  • Turn in-person panels and discussions into webinars. Online platforms like Zoom and GoToMeeting have free versions of their software to make connecting over the web easy and fun!
  • Team up to reach new audiences and build community. Partner with a local health-oriented organization to sponsor events that also promote local businesses like health-conscious restaurants, farmers markets, exercise facilities and more.
  • Take advantage of Student Day. On NPHW Student Day, your local campus can help raise awareness about the value of public health and our work to create a healthier nation. For tips, visit our NPHW student page. And learn more about ways to get involved with APHA’s Student Assembly during NPHW and throughout the year!
  • Organize around the daily themes. During each day of NPHW, we focus on a particular public health topic. Check out the ways each of us can make a difference on the daily theme page. You might host a watch party for a film about one of the daily themes: “Selma,” “John Lewis: Good Trouble” and “13th” are all movies about racism that will inspire great conversations.
  • Make advocacy easy. Offer opportunities for your community to act and make a difference together. You can organize a letter-writing campaign to your local elected officials about a public health issue that matters to you. Use the daily theme fact sheets to support your drafts.
  • Find movement opportunities. APHA’s Keep It Moving Challenge makes it easy and fun to promote healthy behaviors and physical activity. For your event, you might organize a physically distanced walk, run or bike ride; a Zoom dance party with a DJ or a playlist everyone can add to; or a virtual fitness class so your community can tune in wherever they are.


  • Tap into social media: Share pictures and tweets with the hashtag #NPHW before and after the event to promote and share its success!
  • Create partnerships: Partner with a local health-oriented organization to sponsor events. Local health-conscious restaurants, exercise facilities and food companies are a great place to start and can provide snacks and samples to promote their products and healthy practices during events.
  • Join Generation Public Health: Encourage local leaders, community members and NPHW participants to join at every event:


Publicize your NPHW events by completing a calendar event form at, and check out what else is going on in your community and throughout the nation. 

View this year's NPHW calendar at