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Restoring Trust and Confidence in Public Health

February 18, 2021




As COVID-19 spread across the country, public health officials became key spokespeople for simple prevention measures such as hand washing, mask-wearing, and social distancing. However, these actions were met with resistance from those who felt their individual freedoms and liberties were being challenged. Misinformation and conspiracy theories led to beliefs that the virus was a hoax and prevention measures were unnecessary. Efforts to limit public health authority resulted in reduced confidence from the public and an inability for public health officials to lead.

Our experts on this podcast episode explore what public health officials can do to build back public confidence in our public health infrastructure, and offer lessons that work. Our experts will discuss how and why this has happened, and how we can remedy this as we enter into COVID-19 recovery and the largest vaccination campaign in decades.

Guests:

  • Ngozi Ezike, MD, Director, Illinois Department of Public Health
  • David Sundwall, MD, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Health from 2005-2011
    ASTHO President, 2007-2008

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COVID-19 TechXpo
Join ASTHO on March 31, 2021 for the first national convening of state and territorial health officials with local and federal partners focusing specifically on the use of technology to support the COVID-19 response. Details and registration information are now available online.

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