Examining the U.S. public health response during the 1918 Influenza and 2020 COVID-19 pandemics is instructive to charting a better course of action for future outbreaks. To know where we are going, it often helps to look at where we have been and then take strategic and corrective action. This is especially true when considering structural remedies for poor and minority populations who have been disproportionately affected by health crises, both historically and in the present era, due to a variety of social and economic health determinants. Preventable deaths in nursing homes, unilateral closures of schools, businesses, and churches, and determinants that predict poor health as well as the advancements of telemedicine, experimental drug therapies, and new mRNA vaccines are major themes that are significant in highlighting the socioeconomic impact of major pandemics in the United States. A thorough examination will aid in proposing possible policy prescriptions for future pandemic preparedness.

Year Manuscript Completed

Fall 2021

Senior Project Advisor

Scott Douglas, PhD

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Health Care Administration

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