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Medical Care, Public Health Need to Be ‘Welded’ for Next Crisis

Sept. 9, 2021, 8:32 PM

The U.S. must better integrate the public health system into the delivery of medical care as the nation looks to overhaul its response to future outbreaks in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, former HHS emergency preparedness chiefs said.

“Medical service and public health interventions have to be welded together if you’re going to make improvements in the health of the people that you serve, and you’re going to be ready for the disaster that comes your way,” W. Craig Vanderwagen, who was the founding assistant secretary for preparedness and response within the Department of Health and Human Services, said Thursday. ...