While infectious diseases are the focus, we have to redefine our definition to include the huge domestic issues that contribute to our failing public health. Our people are not thriving. No one person, agency or law can address these issues. We have to help each other to create a new environment that fosters health of our public. This includes but is not limited to increasing access to affordable healthcare, which includes mental health.
To achieve this, we have to look at how we help empower polarization. Many people have removed themselves from our ever expanding issues, by believing that it's not their problem and join the popular avoidance pattern of demonizing one another. Programs are necessary that target helping those having a hard time back on their feet again and restoring their sense of spirit, dignity, belonging and worth. Restoring individual well being and choice will help bring much needed balance versus the popular "quick fix" approaches we love to use today. A renewed sense of care, compassion and connection is essential.