BUSINESS: De Beaumont Foundation Announces The Launch Of Public Health Under Siege: Improving Policies In Turbulent Times

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New book explores the impact of policy on the nation’s health and recommends specific actions

October 13, 2021 08: 45 ET | Source: de Beaumont Foundation

Bethesda, Maryland, Oct. 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — With decades of budget cuts, unprecedented harassment of public health professionals, and rising anti-science sentiment, the public health infrastructure in the United States is in crisis. Policy is key to strengthening the nation’s health, security and prosperity. The de Beaumont Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy focused on state and local public health, has released a new book — Public Health Under Siege: Improving Policy in Turbulent Times — that serves as a practical guide for supporting and defending public health.

Published in partnership with the American Public Health Association (APHA), the book includes chapters by some of the nation’s top public health experts, offering a variety of insights from advocacy organizations, think tanks, public health schools, and state, local, and federal government agencies.

“The field of public health is facing a two-front assault,” said Brian C. Castrucci, DrPH, president and CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation. “From rising distrust and anger stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic to a sustained campaign of defunding, our public health infrastructure faces a critical tipping point. The field requires bold action now more than ever. These distinguished experts are a credit to me and I am grateful for their efforts in researching and publishing this valuable resource. “

Going beyond national policy, Public Health Under Siege uses real-world examples to demonstrate how addressing inequities at the local level can influence population health. With case studies, stories, and inspiration, the book will equip advocates for public health to take on the diverse and complex challenges they face, from underfunding to the weakening of public health authority during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are at a crucial point in time, not only dealing with a pandemic but many other preventable health emergencies,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA. These challenges call for policy solutions that address inequality and poor health. This book provides a guide for policymakers at all levels. It helps them to understand the crucial links between health and policy, and what they can do to improve their health. “

Public Health Under Siege: Improving Policy in Turbulent Times is available for purchase from the APHA store.

What people are saying about Public Health Under Siege:

“Recognizing both the visible and invisible determinants of health and the force that is behind these determinants, Public Health Under Siege: Improving Policy in Turbulent Times brilliantly expands our understanding of these complex issues. This book explains how policy has been used to promote or hinder health equity over the generations. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to make meaningful and systemic changes in order to improve health equity.

–Daniel E. Dawes, JD, Executive Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine

“There can be no health without healthy public policy. This essential primer provides a glimpse into the many policy initiatives to improve our health. This book explains how to pay more attention to health and create a healthier world.

–Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH, Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health

About the de Beaumont Foundation

The de Beaumont Foundation creates and invests in bold solutions that improve the health of communities across the country. Its mission is to promote policy, strengthen partnerships and create healthy communities. The Foundation partners with top publishers to create books that provide insights and practical guidance for advocates and public health professionals. For more information, visit www.debeaumont.org.

About the American Public Health Association

The American Public Health Association champions the health of all people and all communities. We are the only organization that combines a nearly 150-year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health. Learn more at www.apha.org.

Book cover: Public Health Under Siege

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Julia Haskins de Beaumont Foundation haskins@debeaumont.org

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