The COVID-19 Response

The COVID-19 Response

The Vital Role of the Public Health Professional

1st Edition - September 1, 2022

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  • Author: Jennifer Horney
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323988100

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The COVID-19 Response: The Vital Role of the Public Health Professional explores population health during a pandemic and how is it different than clinical medicine. Other sections cover federal, state and local responses to COVID-19, testing for COVID-19, the implementation of public health control measures, the use of public health emergency powers, health equity, the resignation and firing of public health leaders, vaccination planning, and the future of public health post COVID-19. Leaders and practitioners working in public health practice and academia, as well as students in public health undergraduate and graduate level programs will find this book extremely useful.

Key Features

  • Clarifies the role of public health in a pandemic emergency
  • Assesses the indirect impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which include excess deaths from dementia, diabetes and heart disease, and will soon include the potential for global epidemics of preventable diseases like measles, diphtheria and polio
  • Explores the impact of lack of trust in science and public health leadership
  • Describes a way forward for the public health system to be prepared to respond to future threats


Leaders and practitioners working in public health practice and academia as well as students in public health undergraduate and graduate programs. Leaders, practitioners, and academics in related fields of governmental social services beyond public health (e.g., public administration, social services, emergency management) as well as policy makers and graduate students in these fields

Table of Contents

  • 1. What is a Population Health Approach
    2. Federal, State, and Local Public Health Roles
    3. Implementing Public Health Control Measures
    4. Standing up Testing
    5. Measuring the Impact of COVID-19
    6. Equity
    7. Vaccines vs. Vaccinations
    8. Will the damage to public health be lasting?
    9. The future of the public health workforce

Product details

  • No. of pages: 225
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: September 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323988100

About the Author

Jennifer Horney

Jennifer A. Horney, PhD, MPH is an associate professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Texas A&M University School of Public Health, a faculty fellow of the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center at the Texas A&M College of Architecture, and the public health and environment lead of the Institute for Sustainable Communities, part of the University’s Environmental Grand Challenge. At Texas A&M, Dr. Horney’s research focuses on measuring the health impacts of disasters, as well as the linkages between disaster planning and household actions related to preparedness, response, and recovery. Dr. Horney received her PhD and MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her research focused on the role of social factors in decision making during disasters. She serves as a member of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists’ State and Territorial Epidemiologists’ Disaster Epidemiology Community of Practice and was a member of a team of public health practitioners who responded to Hurricanes Isabel, Charley, Katrina, Wilma, and Irene, where she conducted rapid assessments of disaster impact on the public health of individuals and communities. She has also provided technical assistance to public health agencies globally around disasters, infectious disease outbreaks and pandemic influenza planning and response.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, College Station, TX, USA

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