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Michigan Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun Testifies on COVID-19 Lessons Learned

ARLINGTON, Va. (June 23, 2020)—Joneigh S. Khaldun, MD, MPH, chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health of the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, testified today before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee at a hearing entitled “COVID-19: Lessons Learned to Prepare for the Next Pandemic.”

During her testimony, Dr. Khaldun shared lessons learned during her time leading Michigan’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and expressed the need for public health officials at all levels to continue working together. “Now is not the time to celebrate or turn our focus away from COVID-19. We must still aggressively fight this pandemic and if we do not redouble our efforts many more people will unnecessarily die,” says Khaldun. “As a country we must urgently address health inequities, expand testing and contact tracing, and make sure our public health infrastructure is strong. We must remain vigilant, hopeful, and committed to protecting the public’s health.”

For more information and to read Dr. Khaldun’s statement, visit the committee’s website.

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