In the midst of all the news and concern about the Ebola outbreak, there has been significant speculation about how the disease was able to spread to the United States and why we weren’t better prepared as a nation to face that challenge and prevent the potential for future infection. In today’s Morning Consult, District Policy Group President Ilisa Halpern Paul examines the reality of the American public health system, particularly the fact that much of the infrastructure is designed to be reactionary rather than preventative. As Ilisa says, “Unfortunately, our nation’s leaders govern and fund by crisis. Our national’s elected officials jump from one threat to the next—playing a life-threatening game of whack-a-mole. The result is a fragmented and weakened domestic public health system.” Karen Goraleski, Executive Director of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (client of the District Policy Group), echoed this sentiment in a recent article for The Hill, noting, “You don’t dismantle the fire department because you don’t have a fire there in 10 years…That’s what has happened in a continued reduction in funds for tropical disease research funding.”

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Source: Morning Consult