March 22, 2022
Public health departments supporting the nation’s response to COVID-19 reported nearly 1,500 unique incidents of harassment during the pandemic’s early months, according to a report released this month.
The study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health serves as a “wakeup call” about the importance of protecting our public health workforce, said Beth Resnick, the school’s assistant dean for practice and training and senior scientist.
"Taking care of the workforce needs to be a fundamental component of the public health infrastructure that doesn't end when the pandemic does,” she said upon the study’s release last week.
The study in the American Journal of Public Health evaluates responses from a national survey of local health departments and media reports. Here’s what you need to know:
HAP and Pennsylvania’s hospital community join the effort to raise awareness about the concerning trend in violence and harassment against health care workers. This winter, HAP’s digital community, Healthy Me PA, launched the Keep Them Safe Campaign, highlighting the importance of protecting our health care workers from workplace violence and abuse and the ways hospitals are working to protect their staff.
Learn more about the rise in violence against health care workers and HAP’s advocacy online.
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