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Health Professions Group Calls for the End of Pandemic Responder Harassment and Vilification

ASPPH and the 14 other associations that comprise the Federal of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions (FASHP) on November 24 sent a joint letter the Washington Post calling “on all Americans to end the harassment and vilification of public health and other health professionals providing science-based care and policy recommendations during the pandemic.” The letter responded to a recent Post article describing the threats and abuse suffered by a county health officer, who the FASHP groups said, “was simply doing her job – competently and with great bravery.” The letter, on which ASPPH took the lead, said, “Too often, the treatment of federal, state, and local health officials during the pandemic has been inexcusably rude, personally threatening, politically focused, and patently anti-science… The enemy remains Covid-19 – not the health professional heroes who are working selflessly to help those stricken with the disease and preventing it from infecting others.” The letter highlighted the impact such threats are having on students and potential applicants, stating, “Encouraging our best and brightest students to enter the health professions is important, but insufficient in the face of this abusive culture.”