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This year we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the American Public Health Association’s National Public Health Week. The University of Miami Public Health Student Association, in collaboration with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences, wanted to communicate the importance of public health and bring awareness to the issues facing Miami-Dade County by asking experts in the field, community partners, and the student body to reflect on the following questions:
 
Why is public health important?
What are the most crucial issues facing Miami-Dade from the perspective of your line of work?
How can individuals or communities advocate for awareness and action around these issues?
 
The message during this year’s National Public Health Week is especially timely as we are experiencing the necessity of public health leaders’ expertise and a strong and unified public health infrastructure amidst the COVID-19 crisis.
We are living through an incredibly unique time in history. At this moment, people across the globe are experiencing first-hand the importance of prevention and public health---all at the same time. In the face of COVID-19, millions of lives will be saved by public health recommendations that reduce travel and community exposures.