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The Invisible Shield examines how public health makes modern life possible, but it is underfunded, undervalued and misunderstood, putting our health at risk.
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“This is a moment to really tell the story of public health as to why it matters, what it does and how much is fundamentally at stake for whether people can live the lives they want to live.”
Josh Sharfstein, MD
Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement; Director, Bloomberg American Health Initiative; and Professor of the Practice in Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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play buttonRoom full of beds and patients at emergency hospital at Camp Funston
Clip: Episode 1
Public health has doubled our life expectancy, but the system is in jeopardy.
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Clip: Episode 2
Data has been an essential public health tool since at least the seventeenth century.
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Clip: Episode 3
Disinformation and misunderstanding, skepticism of science, and distrust of government.
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Clip: Episode 4
Life expectancy is declining. How do we rethink the system before it's too late?

Discussion Guide

Whether you’re in a classroom, community setting, homeschooling, or exploring independently, this guide is a useful tool for extended learning related to this important docuseries. It pulls out powerful quotes and messages from The Invisible Shield and offers added context from the episodes. It also presents questions that encourage critical thinking, powerful discussion, and expanded understanding regarding public health.
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THE INVISIBLE SHIELD Premieres Tuesday, March 26, 2024 on PBS and Streaming on and the PBS App

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