Preparing for the next public health crisis
As Mayor, Ray will centralize the pandemic response within DOHMH, which has extensive experience dealing with large scale public health crises including, H1N1, Ebola, Legionnaires and other viral outbreaks. Taking contact tracing authority away from H+H and returning it to DOHMH is the right thing to do and given that DOHMH is already tracking other diseases this will ensure that the city’s pandemic defense falls under one umbrella.
Ray will also strengthen disease tracking to prevent, or mitigate the risk of, future pandemics. We know that unfortunately COVID 19 will not be our last pandemic, in fact, scientists believe that as the climate changes, and humans and animals live in ever closer proximity more, and more frequent public health challenges will arise.
To effectively track and respond to these challenges before they turn into full-blown crises Ray will partner with our leading universities, and government partners at the state and federal level to form a Joint Public Health Task force. Modeled on the Joint Terrorism Task Force which tracks and responds to threats, the JPHTF, will bring together the resources to keep New Yorkers safe and healthy.