During a live forum, county health officers provided important and timely updates and perspectives on pandemic policy and incident response from across the state.
During the MACo’s Summer Series session “Public Health and Pandemics: Policy and Incident Response Forum” a panel of county health officers discussed COVID-19 response from a local and national perspective, struggles with staff coverage and burnout in a 24/7 coverage environment, responding to breakouts in nursing homes and poultry processing plants, and reaching out to and servicing particularly vulnerable populations incuding the homeless as well as the african american and latinx communities.
The health officers also underscored the need for more public health funding and a stronger more coordinated infrastructure. Years of underfunding have health departments stretched thin, forced to do more with much less resources.
Following the presentations audience members were able to engage in a lively virtual Q&A with the panelists.
- Maura Rossman, President, MACHO, Health Officer, Howard County
- Ed Singer, Health Officer, Carroll County
- Nilesh Kalyanaraman, Health Officer, Anne Arundel County
- Gregory Branch, Health Officer, Baltimore County
- Larry Polsky, Health Officer, Calvert County
- Travis Gayles, Health Officer, Montgomery County
- Lori Brewster, Health Officer, Wicomico County
The session was held live on July 15, 2020, and a recording is available to individuals registered for MACo’s Summer Series.
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