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Fortifying public health from the ground up
April 25th @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, the public health system was grappling with chronically strained budgets, a shrinking workforce, and archaic data systems. Now, in the midst of crisis, public health officials also are confronting unprecedented politicization of their work, including personal threats and new laws that undermine their ability to make and enforce local rules. In this discussion, a diverse panel of local and state health officials share insights on the forces that have brought public health to the brink—and how best to rebuild for the future.
Celine Gounder, Senior Fellow and Editor-at-Large for Public Health, Kaiser Health News
Mary Bassett, Commissioner, New York State Department of Health
Thomas Dobbs, State Health Officer, Mississippi
Barbara Ferrer, Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Norman Oliver, Former Commissioner Virginia Department of Health
Mysheika Roberts, Health Commissioner, City of Columbus, Ohio
Howard Koh, Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health