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Years of underfunding of public health programs delayed the COVID-19 pandemic response in the United States and made its impact worse, according to a report by Trust for America’s Health. ANM's Alexia Ridley spoke with Dara Lieberman, Director of Government Relations at Trust for America’s Health about their findings, why public health programs matter, and more.

ACC Commissioner Allison Wright (D4) joins us to talk about the public health situation in Athens, the economic recovery, and the continuing work on the city’s budget.

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Georgia lawmakers are considering a reorganization of the public health system that would strip power from county boards of health and give it to the state public health commissioner. Proponents say the COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the need for a more centralized structure. 

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Georgia House lawmakers want to shift more money into public health and nursing homes, saying the state needs to spend more in response to the coronavirus pandemic. House appropriations subcommittees on Tuesday made proposed changes to the current year’s budget.

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The numbers of COVID-19 cases are still increasing across the nation, around the state and here in Athens, and while there may be a lag time in the daily updates provided by public health agencies, a recent survey shows support for local health departments is on the rise. Brian Castrucci is the President and CEO of the nonprofit, De Beaumont Foundation. He would like to see funding increase for public health. 

“Seven out of ten Americans support local public health, back in 2018 it was just 56%.”

That poll was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies.