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June 27, 2018

The Washington Post reported that the White House is proposing to reduce by nearly 40 percent the uniformed public health professionals who deploy during disasters and disease outbreaks, monitor drug safety and provide health care in some of the nation’s most remote and disadvantaged areas. 

The article describes the diverse roles that commissioned officers of the US Public Health Service play and provides background on its history and contributions in responding to natural disasters, disease outbreaks and humanitarian crises. The article cites a 2013 University of Maryland study, conducted by Dr. Muhiuddin Haider, clinical professor of global health, which noted that while some budget analysts consider commissioned officers to be more expensive than civil servants, that comparison fails to properly take into account the overtime hours for which Corps officers are not compensated. 

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