No Longer Invisible – Public Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic

No Longer Invisible – Public Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic

MAY 2020

COVID-19 has shown a light on the subject of public health and its important role it serves for everyone. The School of Public Health offered a webinar titled No Longer Invisible: Public health during the COVID 19 pandemic to highlight the work of public health during this time. Dr. Jeff Bender, UMASH center director was one of 4 panelists and focused his comments on public health relative to agriculture and COVID-19. He explained the mission of UMASH which is dedicated to farmers, farm families and workers to protect injuries, illnesses and most recently – infectious disease.

Dr. Bender highlighted the immigrant worker, common in agriculture and the importance of maintaining a healthy workforce. He also reviewed the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on economics, the additional stress, and the need for rural communities of support in America. As a veterinarian, he is able to help livestock farmers protect their animals, understand the virus and separate fact from fiction.

Dr. Bender has been involved on a national level contributing to guidance documents for workers, farmers and processing plants. These materials are available on the UMASH COVID-19 Resource Page in addition to other trusted resources from many of our partners. Visit our website often as we continue to update to provide the most current information.


Since the film was made a short five months ago, COVID-19 has changed our world and public health is far from “invisible.”

OUR INVISIBLE GUARDIANS: Public Health Serves Whole Populations

Doctors see one patient at a time. Public health studies and serves whole populations, assessing risk factors, threats to safety, and underlying social inequities that unfairly impact the health of one group of people. Public health’s population-level approach lifts all boats, by starting with the most vulnerable and underserved. Co-produced with University of Minnesota School of Public Health.