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Exploring the Unseen Contributions of Public Health in New Documentary


Apr 3, 2024

Mary Bassett, the director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, is featured in a new PBS documentary titled “The Invisible Shield.” The four-part series explores the importance of public health in the United States and how it has saved countless lives by protecting people from diseases and improving lifespans.

The documentary sheds light on the hidden public health infrastructure that enables modern life and showcases the collaborative efforts of various professionals, including physicians, nurses, scientists, activists, and government officials. It traces the progress made in health outcomes, from historical diseases like cholera and smallpox to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite its critical role, the public health system often remains unnoticed by the general population when it functions effectively. The documentary also highlights the longstanding issue of chronic underfunding that plagues the public health sector.

Produced by RadicalMedia with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the series features insights from experts like Kelly Henning from Bloomberg Philanthropies, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, 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 invisible but crucial world of public health, viewers can watch the documentary “The Invisible Shield” or read about it in a Forbes article titled “‘The Invisible Shield’ Makes Public Health More Visible.”

By editor

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