What is it about?

More than 15% of local public health workers experienced harassment during the pandemic. Those who indicated they experienced harassment reported poorer mental or emotional health than those not experiencing harassment. They also had a higher risk of resigning from their current job at a local health department or of exiting the public health workforce altogether.

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Why is it important?

While COVID-19 escalated experiences of harassment among local public health workers, training that teaches practical ways to respond to harassment and cope with the associated stressors may mitigate negative mental health impacts. In addition, protections from varied federal, state, and local entities can help mitigate threats. Lastly, long-term and flexible federal funding specific to local health departments can build a resilient workforce prepared for future emergencies.

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This page is a summary of: The Role of Harassment in the Mental Well-being of Local Public Health Professionals and Its Relationship With an Intent to Leave Their Organization During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, October 2022, Wolters Kluwer Health,
DOI: 10.1097/phh.0000000000001655.
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