America has to decide whether we want to manage the virus or allow the virus to manage us. To manage the virus, we need a dramatic investment to expand our public health capacity at every level and lay the foundation for a more resilient healthcare infrastructure going forward.
That is why Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and I have proposed creating a national Health Force, a bold initiative modeled after Great Depression-era programs like the Civilian Conservation Corps that would provide hundreds of thousands of jobs to support state and local public health efforts nationwide. Health Force members would work in communities nationwide under the supervision of local health officials to help with vital tasks such as contact tracing, community outreach, meal delivery for seniors and other immunocompromised people stuck at home, and, hopefully soon, vaccine administration.
The Health Force is not only a proposal to keep Americans safe. It is