We Must Protect Our Public Health Agencies from Political Interference

We Must Protect Our Public Health Agencies from Political Interference

I shudder to think what the outcomes would have been without our public health agencies at the helm exercising their authority during this public health crisis. From mobilizing screening, testing and vaccination efforts to creating culturally relevant health messages, public health agencies were able to move forward by exercising their authority to respond during a public health crisis. Since the pandemic began, public health leaders and advocates have been calling on the government to increase funding to help build a stronger public health infrastructure and create a well-prepared workforce to address the current and emerging needs of our nation. The momentum to advance public health has never been greater, and efforts to impose limits on public health authority during emergencies or day-to-day operations will only alter this momentum. While there are currently just a handful of states trying to limit the authority of public health agencies, a threat to public health anywhere is a threat to public health everywhere.

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