Documentary sheds light on the unseen contributions of public health workers

The Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University is the focus of a new PBS documentary, “The Invisible Shield.” Directed by Mary Bassett, the series explores the crucial role public health plays in improving lives and extending lifespans in the United States.

“The Invisible Shield” delves into the complex infrastructure that supports modern life, highlighting the collaborative efforts of various professionals over decades to improve health outcomes. From past disease outbreaks to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the documentary sheds light on how public health often goes unnoticed because it is most effective when working well.

The series also discusses chronic underfunding that plagues the field. Insights from experts such as 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 are also included in the documentary.

To learn more about public health and its impact on communities, watch “The Invisible Shield” or read a Forbes article that highlights its significance.

By Samantha Johnson

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