Patterson Seeks Student Submissions for Public Health Video

County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is calling on Oakland County middle school, high school, and college students to create a short public service announcement video that highlights public health. The contest, which begins today, is designed to raise awareness about National Public Health Week.

“We have many creative young people throughout Oakland County,” Patterson said. “We want to tap into their ingenuity to explain in a simple, visual way what the function of public health is.”

Kathy Forzley, manager/health officer of the Oakland County Health Division, said public health impacts everyone. “Public health plays a role in all our lives, whether we realize it or not. From the safety of what we eat and drink to the environments where we live, work and play, public health is working behind the scenes to protect the community.”

The producers of the winning video in each category (middle school, high school, and college) will receive a $50 iTunes gift card. Individuals and groups who submit a video will receive community service hours for their efforts. The winning videos will be posted on the Health Division’s homepage,, and its YouTube page, “Public Health Oakland.”

All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, March 31, 2013. Parental consent is required for entrants who are 17-years-old and younger. The contest is open to all Oakland County, Michigan middle school, high school, and college students. For contest rules and to enter the video contest, visit the Health Division website at

About National Public Health Week

Since 1995, when the first full week of April was declared National Public Health Week, communities across the United States have observed National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. Each year, National Public Health Week focuses its effort on a different theme. This year’s theme is “Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money.” The 2013 theme was developed to highlight the value of prevention and the importance of well-supported public health systems in preventing disease, saving lives and curbing health care spending. National Public Health Week runs April 1-7. For more information, visit

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