Where is the 'Public' in American Public Health? Moving from Individual Responsibility to Collective Action
Where is the “Public” in American Public Health? Moving from Individual Responsibility to Collective Action, EClinicalMedicine - The Lancet (2022)
2 Pages Posted: 3 May 2022
Date Written: March 12, 2022
American individualism continues to prove incommensurate to the public health challenge of COVID-19. Where the previous US Administration silenced public health science, neglected rising inequalities, and undermined global solidarity in the early pandemic response, the Biden Administration has sought to take action to respond to the ongoing pandemic. However, the Administration's overwhelming focus on individual responsibility over population-level policy stands in sharp contrast to fundamental tenets of public health that emphasize “what we, as a society, do collectively to assure the conditions for people to be healthy”.
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Conflict of Interests: The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.
Keywords: Public Health, COVID-19
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