Public health is running for office, and it will have an uphill battle on many fronts. Those in the field of public health understand what policymakers must enact: If we cannot protect, improve, and ensure the health of everyone, then everyone’s health will be at risk.
A global pandemic has challenged the idea that our public health systems are adequately developed and resourced and has exposed deep needs across those systems. All eyes are on public health and will be for the foreseeable future.
Marianne Udow-Phillips, MHSA ’78
The framers of the Affordable Care Act can be proud of many things the act has accomplished, from reducing the number of uninsured to assuring those with preexisting conditions are not excluded from coverage. Perhaps most significantly, the ACA has changed the way we think and the actual conversation we are having about health care coverage and care.