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Protecting, supporting, and celebrating the public health workforce in an age of political polarization and burnout

View slides from a recent presentation at the 2022 APHA Annual Meeting on protecting, supporting, and celebrating the public health workforce in an age of political polarization and burnout.

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Workplace Violence and the Mental Health of Public Health Workers During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, public health workers (PHWs) were at an increased risk for violence and harassment due to their public health work and experienced adverse mental health conditions. This article quantifies the prevalence of job-related threats, harassment, and discrimination against PHWs and measures the association of these incidents with mental health symptoms during the […]

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Webcast Sept 1 at 2:00pm EST: “The Targeting of Scientists and Public Health Professionals”

Since the onset of the pandemic, scientists and public health professionals have been subjected to threats and other attacks as a result of their efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 with public health interventions and information. In this webinar, leading U.S. public health experts will discuss the implications of these attacks, for targeted individuals and for society, and possibilities for addressing them.

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US Adults’ Beliefs About Harassing or Threatening Public Health Officials During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Researchers examined the factors that shape US adults' beliefs regarding whether harassment or threats against public health officials was justified during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the article and associated coverage here.

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Proud to be in Public Health Graphic

Public health is about keeping our communities safe. It's not easy, but it's never been more important. Download and use this graphic to show your support for public health. #PowerOfPublicHealth

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Pandemic-Related Workplace Violence and Its Impact on Public Health Officials, March 2020‒January 2021

JHU researchers documented harassment, threats, and departures of public health officials from March 2020 to January 2021. Read the article and associated media mentions here.

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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Rising Stress and Burnout in Public Health

This brief discusses results from the PH WINS 2021 survey of the U.S. public health workforce that revealed high levels of stress, burnout and intent to leave.

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Symptoms of Mental Health Conditions and Suicidal Ideation Among State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Public Health Workers — United States, March 14–25, 2022

A 2022 survey of U.S. public health workers suggests the need for organizational changes to support worker mental health and reduce stress and burnout.

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Harassment of Health Officials: A Significant Threat to the Public’s Health

This commentary by Michael R. Fraser, ASTHO Executive Director, highlights the threat that harassment of health officials poses to public health.

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