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Documentary sheds light on the unseen contributions of public health workers

In a new PBS documentary, titled “The Invisible Shield,” Mary Bassett, the director of the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, takes center stage. The series explores the critical role of public health in enhancing life expectancy and saving lives in the United States.

The documentary delves into the intricate web of infrastructure that supports modern life, as well as the collaborative efforts of various professionals over decades to improve health outcomes. It also sheds light on how the public health system often goes unnoticed because it works best when it is functioning optimally. However, chronic underfunding poses a significant challenge to this field.

The film features insights from several experts, including Kelly Henning from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, 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 its impact on communities, watch “The Invisible Shield” documentary or read a Forbes article that highlights the series’ significance.

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