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             <YOUR LOCATION/ORGANIZATION/ISTITUTION> Thanks Public Health Heroes
                        Public Health Thank You Day, November 19, 2012

<NAME OF TOWN>, <DATE>—On the Monday before Thanksgiving, <YOUR ORGANIZATION NAME> joins
Research!America and leading U.S. public health organizations to recognize public health professionals
who work tirelessly every day to protect the health of all Americans.

Public Health Thank You Day 2012 honors all those unsung heroes who keep our drinking water safe and
air clean, develop vaccines, track and contain deadly illnesses such as the recent meningitis outbreak,
and aid victims of devastating natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, and much more.

These everyday heroes include our health inspectors, environmental health scientists, public health
researchers, sanitation workers and <ADDITIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONS>.

“On this special day let’s thank all of those heroes who work nonstop in often perilous conditions to
ensure the health and well-being of their neighbors and all Americans,” said Mary Woolley, president
and CEO of Research!America. “As we recover from the meningitis outbreak and aftermath of Hurricane
Sandy, more than ever we see the value of a strong investment in public health. American taxpayers get
their money's worth from supporting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its initiatives
to fight and prevent health threats.”

In the recent meningitis outbreak, the CDC played a critical role identifying possible sources of
contamination, tracking cases and communicating updates to citizens. During the height of Hurricane
Sandy, the CDC provided emergency assistance and medical care to those affected, including food and
water, medical supplies to prevent and treat injuries, clean-up and sanitation and mental health


Research!America’s Public Health Thank You Day partners include <YOUR ORGANIZATION NAME>, the
Campaign for Public Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association, Association of Schools
of Public Health, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, National Association of County &
City Health Officials, and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.

Organizations wishing to celebrate Public Health Thank You Day can find downloadable web banners
and ads, communication tools, poll findings and a Facebook group at

About <Your Organization Name>
<Your boilerplate paragraph>.

About Research!America
Research!America is the nation’s largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance working
to make research to improve health a higher national priority. Founded in 1989, it is supported by
member organizations that represent more than 125 million Americans. For more information, visit


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