The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on public health professionals and the ways in which they serve the public were the topic of discussion on a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.
You can listen to their conversation via the SoundCloud link above.
Stone, an epidemiologist, is co-author of a study that shows many public health workers have been shifted from their regular duties to COVID-related functions because of the urgency of the pandemic.
A survey of nearly 300 respondents found substantial reductions in attention to chronic disease, maternal-child health, substance abuse, environmental health, sexually transmitted diseases and other issues, all because workers concerned with those problems were diverted to the fight against COVID-19.
“The public health workforce was estimated before the pandemic to be anywhere between 20 to 30% underfunded,” Stone said, “so they’re already running thin. They’re already trying to provide all these essential services (and) scraping by.”
The article, “The impact of the COVID-19 response on the provision of other public health services in the U.S.: A cross sectional study,” was published Oct. 14 by PLOS One, a journal of the Public Library of Science. It’s available to read by clicking the title.
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