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Special Webcast

We Stand With Public Health

They came to public health committed to save lives. They are leaving in the wake of attacks, harassment, and even death threats. More than 180 state and local public health officials have left their jobs in less than a year, depleting and stymying our public health system just when we need it most.

A special “We Stand with Public Health” webcast focused on the pressure and threats that our public health officials face and what we can do together to protect them. Several public health officials shared personal stories. Researchers provided data on the problem. And leaders from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, National Association of County and City Health Officials, and the Big Cities Health Coalition offered a call to action for us to come together to protect public health officials, revitalize our public health system and acknowledge the critical work of public health.  You can read more about this call to action at the website:

The conversation featured remarks on the importance of public health by the new Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH. It was moderated by Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement Joshua Sharfstein, MD.


  • Sara Cody, MD
    Health Officer and Director
    County of Santa Clara Public Health Department, California
  • Lisa Macon Harrison, MPH
    Health Director
    Granville-Vance District Health Department, North Carolina
  • Jennifer C. Kertanis, MPH
    Director of Health
    Farmington Valley Health District, Connecticut
  • Joneigh S. Khaldun, MD, MPH, FACEP
    Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy Director
    Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Joshua Sharfstein
    Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Beth Resnick, DrPH, MPH
    Assistant Dean for Practice and Training
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Johns Hopkins University’s clinicians and researchers specializing in global public health, infectious disease, and emergency preparedness have been at the forefront of the international response to the coronavirus pandemic by advancing the understanding of the virus, informing the public, and briefing policymakers to guide the response, improve care, and save lives. Stay up to date on the latest expert insights from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and get notified about future webcasts by subscribing to our Expert Insights Newsletter, delivered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

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