Congress and the White House are under new management, but COVID-19 is still accelerating.
Training: Why America needs a Public Health Jobs Corps
Featuring Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Hosted by R2H ACTION [Right to Health] • Partners in Health • Center for Popular Democracy
MONDAY • JAN 25, 2021
In response to the uncontrolled Coronavirus pandemic and decades of disinvestment in public health, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Michael Bennet (CO) and Brian Schatz (HI), joined by Rep. Crow (CO), Underwood (IL) and Panetta (CA) have proposed the Health Force Resilience Force Act—the public health jobs corps we've been fighting for to stop COVID and end racial health disparities in America. This new, federally-funded workforce will combat COVID-19, boost the economy, build union membership, and repair American public health infrastructure so we are finally capable of handling disease outbreaks and ongoing health crises.
This live, interactive training featured Senator Gillibrand and her health policy staffer Gil Ruiz, along with representatives from the Public Health Jobs Now! Coalition, Partners in Health and the Center for Popular Democracy. The event focused on an important bill and how we'll get it passed, creating hundreds of thousands of permanent public health jobs in America. We hope that you will join us and the coalition of labor unions, health experts, clinicians, and advocates that are fighting to make a massive Public Health Jobs Corps a reality.
This event launched three weeks of massive grassroots action, targeting hundreds of members of the new Congress, pushing to get Health Force passed into law, while also advocating for ground-breaking new global health initiatives to stop new outbreaks, protect tropical forests and rainforest communities, build health systems, reduce climate change, stop wildlife trade, and increase funds for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.