Background: This paper reflects on community health components during the COVID-19 epidemic in the light of major and always challenging health system issues from inequities, to financing, to delays in service delivery and the like.

Method: This is an invited commentary.

Results: The seven issues have been highlighted for the deconstruction of the public health infrastructure since COVID-19 (1) Growing social determinants of health disparities (2) Inadequate investment in public health infrastructure (3) Racial injustice and discrimination (4) Increased anxiety, depression and loneliness (5) Slow response to serious infectious diseases (6) Lack of diversity, equity, and sense of belonging (7) Need to be trustworthy partners

Conclusion: COVID-19 should have taught us to listen, act, engage and educate the public. We have an enormous goal to achieve, but we can do it.