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Public Health Forward: Modernizing the U.S. Public Health System

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The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear that the nation’s health, safety, and economic prosperity depends on its ability to minimize the effects of devastating public health threats. The nation’s resilience to current and future public health threats is largely dependent upon a modern U.S. public health system of state and local health departments that have the resources, capacities, and workforce to protect and promote health for all Americans.

Join the Bipartisan Policy Center, national public health associations, and philanthropic foundations as they release a report from the bipartisan Public Health Forward Task Force establishing a 5-year vision for governmental public health in the U.S. and an actionable framework for state and local elected and public health officials to enhance public health infrastructure.

Featured participants:

Opening remarks with:

Brian Castrucci, DrPH, MA
President and CEO, de Beaumont Foundation

Anand Parekh, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Advisor, BPC

Panel discussion one with:

Mary Ann Borgeson
Commissioner, Douglas County, Nebraska

John Kasich
Former Governor, Ohio

Michael Rell
Mayor, Town of Wethersfield, Connecticut

Phyllis J. Randall
Chair At-Large, Loudon County Board of Supervisors, Virginia

Moderated by:

Georges C. Benjamin, MD
Executive Director, American Public Health Association; moderator

Panel discussion two with:

Michael Curry, Esq.
President and CEO, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers; Member, National Board of Directors, NAACP

Charlotte Haberaecker
President and CEO, Lutheran Services in America

Steven M. Levine
Co-founder, Meteorite

Kalpana Ramiah
Vice President of Innovation, Essentials Hospitals Institute; Director, America’s Essential Hospitals

Moderated by:

Kathy Talkington, MPA
Director of Health Programs, The Pew Charitable Trusts

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