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Persuading lawmakers to increase spending is difficult because public health doesn't carry the same political clout as other power players such as hospitals, doctors or public employee unions.
Golden Gate Village, Marin City's aging public housing project, remains a pocket of poverty and unemployment in one of America's wealthiest counties.
Emily Brown was director of the Rio Grande County Public Health Department in Colorado until May 22, when the county commissioners fired her after battling with her over coronavirus restrictions.
The global pandemic has ordinary healthcare workers going to extremes in a desperate hunt for medical supplies.
Learning to be storytellers also helps clinicians communicate better with non-professionals, said writer and geriatrician Dr. Louise Aronson.
A closer look at these hard-hit areas highlights some of the common and unique challenges states face.
MetroHealth has offered the hotline and home assistance free to any Ohioan since mid-March.
Many primary care doctors have argued that Medicare doesn't reimburse them adequately and requires too much paperwork.
But the COVID-19 pandemic has forced sudden major changes to the nation's health care system that are unlikely to be reversed.
The tally includes doctors, nurses and paramedics, as well as crucial health care support staff such as hospital janitors, administrators and nursing home workers.