STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
WHEREAS, public health programs are essential to a strong, successful healthcare system that benefits all of our residents regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic strata; and
WHEREAS, public health services promote healthy behaviors, assure the quality and accessibility of health care, respond to disasters, and assist communities in recovery; and
WHEREAS, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, immunizations, and infant mortality affect African - Americans and other minoritiesm living in South Carolina at much higher rates than the white population; and
WHEREAS, working together to identify and solve health problems, advocate for strict enforcement of laws and regulations that protect our health and ensure our safety, and promote research into new and innovative solutions to health issues helps prevent disease, injury, and disability while safeguarding the mental and physical wellbeing of our residents; and
WHEREAS, with the theme, "Empowering Americans to Live Stronger, Longer," this year's observance recognizes the importance of public health programs and services to an improved quality of life for all people in the Palmetto State.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mark Sanford, Governor of the Great State of South Carolina, do hereby proclaim April 2005 as
PUBLIC HEALTH MONTH
throughout the state and encourage all South Carolinians to get regular preventive health checks and incorporate healthy practices into their daily routine.