Documentary sheds light on the unseen contributions of public health workers

A new PBS documentary called “The Invisible Shield” features Mary Bassett, the director of the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. The series explores the critical role of public health in saving lives and increasing lifespans in the United States. It delves into the often-overlooked public health infrastructure that supports modern life and highlights the collaborative efforts of various professionals over decades to improve health outcomes, from past disease outbreaks to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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 the importance of public health and the individuals working to protect communities, you can watch “The Invisible Shield” documentary or read a Forbes article that highlights the impact of the series.

By Aiden Johnson

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