On top of everyday responsibilities like maintaining clean water, state and local health departments face a massive burden in responding to COVID-19.
Andy they're doing it with fewer resources, not more. An AP/Kaiser Health News investigation found:
- Public health staffers are being laid off amid the pandemic.
- Some public health workers qualify for government assistance—that’s how little they earn.
- Spending for state public health departments has dropped by 16% per capita since 2010; 18% for local health departments.
- Some 38,000 state and local public health jobs have disappeared since the 2008 recession.
- The majority of Americans live in states that spend sub-$100 per capita per year on public health.