edited by Caroline Kingori
Ohio University Press, 2024
Paper: 978-0-8214-2532-9 | eISBN: 978-0-8214-2533-6
Library of Congress Classification RA644.C67
Dewey Decimal Classification 362.19624144

This book contributes to the discourse on public health and COVID-19 prevention in three ways. First, by examining COVID-19’s impact on underserved and resource-limited communities, it addresses a continuing challenge in public health to ensure equitable access to adequate health care services. Contextually relevant initiatives must recognize and overcome injustices, stigma, racism, and discrimination in order to support the public health system. Second, the book argues that despite policies in high-income countries that led to the development and authorization of life-saving vaccines, attempts to curtail further transmission globally are futile without a concerted effort to ensure equal distribution of those vaccines. Third, it assesses the environmental impact of medical waste generated by COVID-19 as an emerging issue, one that cannot be glossed over with short-term solutions. Strategies to address medical waste like sanitizers, masks, gloves, and other products must be included in national policy to protect the populace and first responders. Utilizing a retrospective lens and examining lessons learned at the end of each chapter, COVID-19 and Public Health discusses global health success with other pandemics, risk communication, community engagement, interplay of policy and politics, environmental health influence, and public health practice implications. The book is suitable as an introductory text in public health or other related courses, such as environmental health, health policy, global health, health disparities, cross-cultural issues, community engagement, or health behavior. Contributors: Vashti Adams, Obasanjo Afolabi Bolarinwa, Adanna Agbo, Kobi V. Ajayi, Adaeze Aroh, Ugonwa Aroh, Timnit Berhane, Emma Biegacki, Claire Chaumont, Jaih Craddock, Marquitta Dorsey, Ghanem Elhersh, Kristen Garcia, Whitney Garney, Jessica Gokee LaRose, Jeffrey Glenn, F. Todd Gray, Rudene Haynes, Robert Heimer, Tamsim Hoque, Iman Ikram, Laeeq Khan, Kujang Laki, Rachel Ludeke, Devin Madden, Tyra Montour, Kenneth Morford, Michele Morrone, Maghboeba Mosavel, Carolyn Nganga-Good, Jerry Okal, Aggrey Willis Otieno, Sonya Panjwani, Elizabeth Prom-Wormley, Tremayne Robertson, Katie Schenk, Grace Sikapokoo, Vanessa Sheppard, Arnethea L. Sutton, Maria Thomson, Katherine Y. Tossas, Nita Vangeepuram, Pablo Villalobos Dintrans, Elizabeth Wachira, Robert A Winn, Rafeek Yusuf, Zenab Yusuf

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