Nov 12, 2009

Letter to Fielding

Callie Schweitzer, a reporter for USC's Neon Tommy, published an open letter to Dr. Jonathan Fielding, head of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, asking again that he sit down with reporters from the student-run website and answer questions about how the county records deaths from the H1N1 flu.

Schweitzer and Fielding appeared together on Tuesday's "Which Way, LA?," but Fielding declined to interact with her.

Here's a portion of her letter:
After listening to what you had to say, I realized we share many of the same goals: we both want people to take the H1N1 virus seriously and be properly informed on the risks and the situation in L.A. County.

It seems only fitting that the leading public health official in the county would have a conversation with Neon Tommy, the leading voice of the public on swine flu. We have much to gain by joining forces and helping to educate the public.
The complete letter is here. Neon Tommy's story about H1N1 deaths in LA County is here.

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