The Gullah/Geechee Nation is participating in National Public Health Week along with others throughout the United States April 2-8, 2018. “Changing Our Future Together” requires an understanding of the various ways that we can support improving public health. Each day of #NPHW has a different focus ranging from behavioral health and communicable diseases to injury and violence prevention and access to ensuring the right to health care and environmental health. The Gullah/Geechee Nation has placed emphasis on the latter of the categories for the week given that improving and maintaining environmental health especially of the waterways. Water quality, seafood safety and human health are the central focus of the work of the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank. This is a priority because without a healthy Gullah/Geechee Nation environment, the citizens will not be healthy.
The Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank has been blessed to be able to convene a cadre of doctors that have been working within the Sea Islands of the Gullah/Geechee Nation on numerous environmental and human health studies. The outcomes of these studies and how the Gullah/Geechee population can be an active part of healing processes has become central to our interactions and our discussions. So, I felt blessed and impressed to emerge from another enlightening engagement with several of our MUSC community outreach partners to see a banner that indicated that it was “National Public Health Week.”