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Upgrading Public Health Infrastructure: The Need to Protect, Rebuild, and Strengthen State and Local Public Health Departments, Hearing Before the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, First Session, September 29, 2021   [open pdf - 192KB]

This is the September 29, 2021 hearing on 'Upgrading Public Health Infrastructure: The Need to Protect, Rebuild, and Strengthen State and Local Public Health Departments,' held before the U.S. House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis of the Committee on Oversight and Reform. From the opening statement of James E. Clyburn: "For decades, state and local public health departments have been chronically underfunded and understaffed. Throughout the pandemic, we have seen firsthand how our under resourced public health system was ill-equipped for such a large-scale emergency, with limited disease monitoring and surveillance capabilities, testing and reporting deficiencies, and outdated technology hampering the response. [...] Since the pandemic began, public health officials have faced unprecedented levels of harassment, threats, and attacks from members of the public, particularly in response to their attempts to adopt proven mitigation measures, such as masks and social distancing guidelines, after they were recklessly politicized by the past President and his anti-science allies. [...] I commend President Biden's historic efforts to revitalize our public health system. We must keep building on this progress to ensure our public health work force consistently receives the resources it needs over the long term. I want to thank our witnesses for being with us here today. I look forward to learning more about the challenges you have experienced working on the front lines of the pandemic response and how we can better support and strengthen our state and local public health infrastructure." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jennifer Bacani McKenney, Mysheika Roberts, Joseph Kanter, and Beth Resnick.

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Serial No. 117-43
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2021
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