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Building Trust in Public Health: A Post-COVID Roadmap

How is it that modern science and medicine can produce miracles every day while at the same time lose the public's trust? While trust in public health declined significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, the public has been losing trust in institutions for decades. This session will explore the causes of this crisis in trust, the roles science and public health play in our lives, and the unique challenges of building and maintaining trust in health institutions and leaders, with a focus on the current challenges to confidence in public health in the US and Africa. Incorporating insights from a recent meeting of global cross-sectoral experts, the discussion will suggest some key actions needed to begin to restore confidence and trust in public health, focused on communities, communications, and competence.