What is it about?

Our study captures the violent experiences that public health leaders have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. To support our public health system, changes must be made in support of and to protect public health leaders. Our guidelines and recommendations provide one approach, and by implementing these solutions, we can strengthen our public health system and improve our response to future national emergencies.

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Why is it important?

Through focus groups, we learned that the main recurrent experiences were harassment, psychological impact, backlash, burnout, and trauma. Several recommendations for supporting public health leaders were highlighted, including security and protection, mental health support, public awareness, and political/institutional support.


This work highlights the toll our public health workers take in protecting the public, and the role we have in protecting them as they prepare to protect us from the next major threat to our health.

Timothy C. McCall
National Association of County and City Health Officials

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This page is a summary of: A qualitative analysis of public health officials' experience in California during COVID-19: priorities and recommendations, Frontiers in Public Health, September 2023, Frontiers,
DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2023.1175661.
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