April 23, 2024 1:32 pm
Documentary sheds light on the unseen contributions of public health workers

In a new PBS documentary called “The Invisible Shield,” Mary Bassett, the director of the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, is featured. The series explores the significance of public health in saving lives and increasing lifespans in the United States. It delves into the hidden infrastructure that supports modern life and highlights the collaborative efforts of various professionals over decades to improve health outcomes.

The documentary sheds light on how the public health system often goes unnoticed because it is most effective when working well. It also discusses the chronic underfunding that plagues the field. Produced by RadicalMedia with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the series includes insights from other experts such as Kelly Henning from Bloomberg Philanthropies, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Josh Sharfstein from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Abigail Echo-Hawk from the Urban Indian Health Institute.

To learn more about public health and its impact on communities, you can watch “The Invisible Shield” documentary or read a Forbes article that highlights its impact.

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