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Maintaining U.S. Global Health Credibility Requires Domestic Leadership

The Hill: American global health leadership starts in Ohio and Georgia
Vinay Gupta, public health researcher and pulmonologist, commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, and physician leader of Doctors for Cordray

“…[T]he world has very much taken notice of our growing inattention on global public health and the depth and authenticity of our global goodwill is now being rightly questioned. … How can we continue to credibly lead important global efforts on universal health coverage, TB eradication, pandemic preparedness, and the rising burden of non-communicable diseases if we can’t even provide a basic set of health services at low cost to all Americans? … [W]hat happens locally matters in sustaining the durability of our global leadership in public health. With our midterms only days away, and with health care overwhelmingly its defining issue, our global credibility in health is on the ballot. If you think averting the next major pandemic flu matters, then our global credibility matters. … Ultimately, the many competing challenges in global public health require an America that is leading in front with maximal influence to be effective. If our allies worldwide have lost some faith in our intentions over the past few years, let the coming midterms serve as our opportunity to let them believe in us again” (11/1).

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