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> National Public Health Week, April 5-11 2021-04-05

 N E W S   R E L E A S E 

Your Partner for a Healthy Community
Frank Kruppa — Public Health Director


Monday, April 5, 2021

For media inquiries:
Samantha Hillson,, 607-274-6714

National Public Health Week, April 5-11, 2021

(Ithaca, N.Y., April 5, 2021) – The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) joins public health workers across the country to recognize National Public Health Week (NPHW). This year’s theme is “Building Bridges to Better Health,” focusing on the importance of collaboration to build healthy, resilient communities.

Frank Kruppa, Tompkins County Public Health Director, stated, “The work of public health is always something to celebrate and support in our community, whether it is in the form of COVID-19 contact tracing, vaccine administration, restaurant inspections, wastewater treatment systems, rabies control, maternal child health and nutrition, tobacco control, water safety, or lead poisoning prevention.  Public Health Professionals are often working in the background to protect our community and it is important to have this week to celebrate them.”

“The pandemic and other events over the past year have tested us as a Department. I am proud of our public health workforce who has shown up every day, often 7 days a week, to serve and protect our community. They have exhibited compassion, integrity, and flexibility in the face of uncertainty, rapidly changing guidance, and complex situations,” Kruppa continued.

The daily themes for NPHW this year include:

More information can be found:

The Tompkins County Health Department is seeking to hire part-time Project Assistants who represent the diversity of cultures, backgrounds, generations, social identities, lived experiences, and neighborhoods in Tompkins County to serve as Public Health Ambassadors. Public Health Ambassadors will work directly with community members and local community health initiatives to ensure equitable access to public health resources and services, including those related to COVID-19 testing, vaccine, contact tracing, mask wearing, and other prevention techniques.

The application can be found on the Tompkins County Human Resources webpage: Candidates are encouraged to apply by April 12.

TCHD continues to urge everyone who is eligible to sign up for the Tompkins County COVID-19 Vaccine Registry.

The Tompkins County Health Department is your partner for a healthy community. Find us online at, and follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter at @TompkinsHealth.