Putting The Spotlight On Health

Being a long-time public health professional, I love it when April rolls around and the spotlight is put on public health during National Public Health Week (NPHW).     Until something like a global pandemic happens, public

Being a long-time public health professional, I love it when April rolls around and the spotlight is put on public health during National Public Health Week (NPHW).     Until something like a global pandemic happens, public health work and those doing it are more “behind the scenes” with many quietly doing their jobs without a lot of fanfare…………until they aren’t.  I believe most of us have seen in this ongoing pandemic the value of public health and the everyday heroes who have been thrust in the spotlight during this crisis.  I hope that Unconditionally Her! readers will take an opportunity to learn more about public health as we move into 2021 National Public Health Week.


Every year during the first full week of April, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health.   Each year, the Association develops a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers and practitioners about issues related to each year’s theme.     This year’s observance kicks off April 5th and goes through April 11th.


No matter who you are or what your profession, take a few moments to learn more about something that impacts us all – health.  And not just our own health, but that of all of us collectively – which is the essence of public health.    When we look out for one another, we are also looking out for ourselves.


Themes for this year’s observance include:


Monday: Rebuilding

Tuesday: Advancing Racial Equity 

Wednesday: Strengthening Community

Thursday: Galvanizing Climate Justice

Friday: Constructing COVID-19 Resilience

Saturday: Uplifting Mental Health and Wellness

Sunday: Elevating the Essential Health Workforce


Take a look at one of the great topics, whichever one gets your attention, and learn more.


We’re all in this together!

Cindy Chafin
Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her. Through her many years as a masters-level certified health educator and 18-year employment in a higher education setting – as well as several years as a graduate and doctoral student – she has written countless articles, essays, publications, grant applications, proposals, reports, and other technical and creative writing documents. In addition to her training and professional work experience, she spent four years as volunteer editor of New Focus Daily, a publication of the Women Survivors Alliance, a national women cancer survivors-focused organization based in Nashville, Tennessee.

While serving as editor of Unconditionally Her, a women-focused magazine which provides content on anything from recipes, travel, books, and everything in between, she has a special interest in fitness, health, and well-being. She is certified by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice. She is proud to be a CHES® and has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her graduate degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She was a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for many years and looks forward to re-engaging with women one-on-one as a health coach pending completion of her certification and doctoral degree to supplement her public health and academic work.

She currently is the Associate Director for Community Programs for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002 and served as interim director from 2015-2018. Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as Unconditionally Her and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to promote empowerment and confidence of women readers across the globe, and to provide inspiration, motivation, and voice for social change through her role as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her.