Common Ground? Prioritizing Public Health After the Election


Two bridges, one concrete and one iron, in disrepair

Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on January 20, 2017. Republicans will also control the Senate and House, giving them their best opportunity to shape policy in years. At this point there are more questions than answers: What will this mean for the Affordable Care Act? For public health? For researchers? On Monday, PHP Editor-in-Chief David Jones wrote that “consensus on public health priorities is possible” and that “the upcoming fight is a crucial opportunity for public health to step up, assert its place in the broader debate about health reform, and chart a bi-partisan path to enacting policies that improve health.” We asked two public health leaders to talk about the path forward. Both were on a recent American Public Health Association panel on how to make public health a priority in 2017 (link to video).

Image: Travis Wise, Big Four Bridge, Sidney, Ohio, used under CC BY license, cropped from original

Julie Gerberding headshot

Julie Gerberding

Merck & Co.

Common Ground(work)

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Mary Woolley

President, Research!America