Environmental health professionals have faced a unique set of challenges during the pandemic. They have been asked to take on a mountain of additional work while maintaining their already demanding roles in the community. Many of our members have shared stories of how the risk to their personal safety has been threatened by simply doing their jobs. The below article highlights how dangerous it can be to serve in a public health position right now.
“Public health officials are the guardian angels of modern America, always at work but rarely in the public eye,” said Dr. David Dyjack, executive director of the National Environmental Health Association. “We should honor their commitment to our collective health, safety, and economic security, rather than subjecting them to verbal and physical abuse. The harassment of the Kent County health official is as shameful as it is dangerous.”