Public Health and Politics: Examining the Surgeon General

The de Beaumont Foundation is pleased to present the documentary short, Public Health & Politics: Examining the Surgeon General:

Don’t have time to watch the full video now? Watch the trailer. 

Want to learn more about the intersection of public health and politics?

A new online course accompanies the documentary and examines the challenges faced by a public health official working in a political environment. Each lesson is built around a set of short videos and ends with a virtual workbook to capture student understanding of the material and to stimulate classroom discussion. Explore the course. 

On the de Beaumont blog, de Beaumont Foundation President & CEO, Edward L. Hunter, discusses the role of the Surgeon General at the nexus of truth, politics, and the nation’s health. Read Truth, Justice & the American Way: Advancing the Public’s Health in the Real World.

In the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, Hunter offers concrete strategies for public health officials to bridge the divide between the political system and governmental public health. Read Public Health & Politics: Engaging the Third Rail

On Medium, Hunter outlines the red flags we should watch for, the safeguards in place, and what public health leaders can do to protect public health through tumultuous transitions. Read Protecting Public Health Evidence in an Adversarial Environment.

In the wake of the dismissal of the 19th Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, Hunter discusses what to expect at the crossroads of public health and politics. Read Removing the Surgeon General: What’s Next?