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Dr. Jonathan Fielding: "Fighting pandemics abroad is in our own best interest"

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Sunday, April 5, 2020
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In June 2018, Dr. Jonathan Fielding, distinguished professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, authored an opinion article for The Hill titled, Fighting pandemics abroad is in our own best interest

Dr. Fielding wrote, “We need to be prepared — not only against pandemics, but epidemics that threaten to become pandemics and to anticipate potential unknowns. Investment in global public health is, in the end — less costly, more effective and safer for everyone.”

In April 2020, the United States is keenly aware of the toll that lack of preparedness, and funding for preparedness, can have in combating a pandemic.

In an op-ed article released this week in The Hill, Good communication will help beat COVID-19, Dr. Fielding addressed the sobering reality of where we find ourselves now and how we can move forward: “…the U.S. population needs accurate information on the virus, but we are still struggling to get it right. The way that officials, leaders, and experts talk with the public during this crisis matters because it could mean the difference between life and death.”

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