This opinion piece from Arizona is exemplary of a developing theme. It summarizes the state of our public health system (underfunded and understaffed), and the need to scale QUICKLY to provide particularly the contact tracing needed to limit the spread of COVID-19. It concludes that our public health system, working alone, cannot realistically meet the challenge. It calls for more creativity and public-private partnerships.
It is becoming increasingly clear a new model for delivery of public services is necessary. Our current models of procurement and delivery simply cannot move fast enough and cannot scale up and down appropriately enough. Public-private partnerships are popping up all over in the immediacy of the pandemic, but they are opening our eyes to more, ongoing opportunities to work better and differently.
Please start paying attention to how this model can work, and learn as much as you can, and then pass it along to others. Find where else we can use the P3 model - we might find it's the best way to deal with not only pandemics, but things like climate change, racial injustice, and income inequality, as well.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare, having the ability to temporarily expand or contract the public health operating capacity in the event of an infectious disease outbreak would prevent delays in response times and help slow the spread of pathogens in our community.