It should not be necessary to publish a website that makes the case for why public health matters; yet, here we are. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, our nation has discovered that the neglect of our public health system has greatly diminished our ability to respond to a public health crisis – particularly one the size of the current pandemic.
Earlier this week, the de Beaumont Foundation launched the “Why Public Health Matters” website: https://whypublichealthmatters.org/. The “site and the hashtag #whypublichealthmatters are intended to raise the profile of public health professionals while collecting stories and experiences from the COVID-19 response.” Public health professionals can visit the site, record their stories on video, and share their perspectives about why public health matters. If there’s ever been a moment when people should see the relevance and importance of a strong public health system, we are in it.
The promotion is the expression of a partnership between the following prominent organizations:
American Public Health Association
Association of Public Health Laboratories
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Big Cities Health Coalition
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
de Beaumont Foundation
Episcopal Health Foundation
National Association of County and City Health Officials
National Network of Public Health Institutes
Society for Public Health Education
Trust for America’s Health
Check out the website at https://whypublichealthmatters.org/.