State and local public health officials have been under pressure like never before in the COVID-19 pandemic, as citizens and elected officials push back against tough restrictions designed to curb the virus. Some officials have even been threatened. Feeling their bosses don’t have their backs, a higher proportion of officials are quitting than normal, and these essential jobs will be hard to fill with qualified health experts.


  • Dr. Marcus Plescia, Chief Medical Officer, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
  • Lori Freeman, CEO, National Association of County and City Health Officials
  • Theresa Anselmo, Executive Director, Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials

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