Virtual Forum 8/20: Public Health During COVID-19

Join Health & Medicine for the second forum in a two-part series. This forum will focus on developing an agenda for a strong public health system. We will discuss ideas for rebuilding public health investment, workforce, training and education, and infrastructure. 

In 2019, the U.S. was ranked #1 for being the most prepared for a pandemic, but major failures have hurt the COVID-19 response. One critical part of the story is the history of disinvestment in public health, leaving our current systems woefully inadequate. 

As COVID-19 reminds us everyday, the condition of our public health systems is a matter of life and death. Long-term health and social inequities compounded by COVID-19 reveal this crisis to be yet another matter of health injustice. So, what should we be demanding for a strong public health system, prepared to both respond to pandemics and emergencies––and proactively advance health equity?

Chicago Health Justice Forum: A Virtual Discussion
Fighting For Our Lives: Public Health Historical Context For COVID-19 Part II

Thursday, August 20th, 4-5:30 pm CT

The following questions will guide the discussion, with time for questions from the audience:

  • What is needed to fully repair the public health system for responding to COVID-19? 
  • What should be on the agenda to rebuild the public health system? 
  • What steps should be taken to prepare for other epidemics, pandemics, and public health emergencies? 
  • What types of training and education is needed for the public health workforce?
  • How do we ensure a focus on social justice-oriented public health practice? 

Register here for Part II!

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