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New Health Affairs Blog Highlights Role of Local Health Departments in Responding to COVID-19

Tuesday, April 21, 2020  
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A new blog published April 16 in the journal Health Affairs explores the critical role local health departments play in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and the considerable challenges to their work. Though local health departments are the backbone of efforts to protect and promote a community‚Äôs health, as invisible participants they are chronically underfunded with limited investment in the public health workforce. Co-authored by PHAB Director of Research and Evaluation Jessica Kronstadt, MPP,  No Longer Invisible: The Critical Role of Local Health Departments in Responding to COVID-19, touches on some of the activities, such as PHAB accreditation, that can help ensure public health systems have the capacity to address emergencies such as COVID-19.