Interdisciplinary public health solutions are vital for an effective COVID-19 response and
recovery. However, there is often a lack of awareness and understanding of the environmental
health workforce connections and capabilities. In the United States, this is a foundational function
of health departments and is the second largest public health workforce. The primary role is to
protect the public from exposures to environmental hazards, disasters and disease outbreaks. Despite this, the profession is often not considered an essential service. There is now the legislative support, evidence and a window of opportunity to truly enable interdisciplinary public health solutions by mobilizing the environmental health workforce to support COVID-19 response, recovery and resilience activities.
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