From confusion to distrust to hostility, how do public health agencies move forward?

March 10, 2022
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Tri-County Health, headquartered in Greenwood Village, was originally established to provide a public health department for Douglas, Arapahoe and Adams counties, but disagreements over how to handle mask mandates with the COVID pandemic prompted Douglas County to drop out of the system.

When it comes to COVID-19, Coloradans finally have some room to breathe. Case numbers continue to fall, as do mask and vaccination mandates. But something else is also falling: trust in public health agencies. It’s not just national public health agencies -- in Colorado, Tri-County Health along the front range broke apart, and other long-time local public health officials resigned as conflict over COVID-19 mandates grew. So, how do those entrusted to keep the public safe, regain the public’s trust? Dr. James Hamblin is board certified in Public Health and has written extensively about COVID 19 for news outlets including The Atlantic and the Washington Post.