Staff Appreciation

Tools & Resources

Staff appreciation is an important part of any workplace. In public health, the workforce often dedicates their careers to behind-the-scenes work, making appreciation more challenging. We want to focus on positivity in public health, celebrating the hard work public health professionals do each and every day. Use this growing list of resources to show your appreciation, motivate, and simply recognize the incredible job public health workers tirelessly perform.

Take a look below, and be sure to connect with us on social media to engage in these appreciation events throughout the year.

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Center for Positive Organizations

Housed at the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business, the Center for Positive Organizations impacts organizations, making them highly effective workplaces where people thrive using scholarship and teaching of transformational ideas.

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As the consulting partner of the Center for Positive Organizations, EnlivenWork seeks to spark energy, joy, and passion with others to increase individual and organizational potential.

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Michelle McQuaid and Danielle Jacobs

The Wellbeing lab features evidence-based programs, easy-to-use tools, and coaching communities help people, teams, workplaces, schools, and communities to thrive – even in the midst of struggle.

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Brené Brown

Brené Brown is a research professor, lecturer, and author who focuses her research on courage, vulnerability, empathy, leadership, and wholeheartedness. Brown is best known for her TEDx talk “The Power of Vulnerability” which is one of the fifth most viewed TED talks.


Several organizations specifically support public health appreciation and thank you initiatives. Use the tools and resources below to show your appreciation both on Public Health Thank You Day and throughout the year.

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“I am a CHW” Campaign

Rural Community Health Worker Network (RCHWN)

The RCHWN has launched a campaign dedicated to recognizing Community Health Workers and the valuable contributions they make in their communities. With a downloadable toolkit and editable templates, you can easily join the campaign on social media to share your CHW story. Take a look and join the conversation today!

National Rural Health Day

November 16, 2023 | Power of Rural

One-in-five (57 million) Americans live in rural communities which have unique healthcare needs. National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to celebrate and show appreciation to the efforts of our rural healthcare providers. The Power of Rural Promotional Toolkit provides postcards, idea guides, flyers, social media graphics, and much more to help individuals and organizations celebrate our rural health workers.

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Public Health Thank You Day

November 22, 2021 | #PHTYD

We know how challenging this past year and a half has been and appreciate all that you do to support public health! We’d love to see what you’ve been working on in Region V and beyond. Engage in these #PHTYD campaigns and thank the public health professionals in your community.

RVPHTC Photos from the Field

The Region V Public Health Training center is requesting a photos from the field to celebrate our public health workers on Public Health Thank You Day. Feel free to submit photos showing public health in action in our great lakes region.

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American Public Health Association (APHA)

APHA wants to help you recognize public health professionals who work tirelessly every day to protect the health of all people and all communities by providing thank you images to share online.


Research America

Research America created their 2021 PHTYD Toolkit with graphics, sample social media posts, and sample emails to show your appreciation and celebrate public health workers.     

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