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The Masters of Science in Law (MSL) program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law is featured in The Washington Post Graduate Education Guide Spring 2017.  On page 10, MSL Instructor and CHHS Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rauschecker is quoted on the need for the degree program in the developing field of Cybersecurity Law and Policy.  
By Jonathan Lim, CHHS Extern On March 4th, current President Donald Trump accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower in a Tweet. Apparently, the accusation was based on a Heat Street article which stated that the FBI had sought and obtained a FISA warrant to “examine the activities of ‘U.S. persons’ in Donald Trump’s campaign with ties to Russia. The Heat Street reporter, Louise Mensch, later emphasized that her article only talked about the application for a FISA warrant itself, and not whether there was an actual wiretap of Trump Tower. This issue raises several questions: what is ...Read More
  by CHHS Research Assitant Faiza Hasan Governor Larry Hogan announced on March 1, 2016 a state of emergency for opioids, amidst escalating overdose deaths in Maryland and nationwide. The state of emergency is an instrument many jurisdictions use to coordinate anti-opioid and heroin strategies. Hogan, who lost a cousin to addiction years ago, commented at a news conference at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency that "we need to treat this crisis the exact same way we treat any other state emergency," He further commented that we need to take an “all-hands-on deck” approach so that everyone can work together ...Read More
by CHHS Research Assistants Christie Chung and Charles Hilberg Substance abuse and addiction is a serious public health problem that impacts communities on multiple levels. It is estimated that at least 40 million Americans age 12 and over meet the clinical criteria for addiction that involves substance abuse, a tally that surpasses the number of individuals inflicted with heart disease, diabetes, or cancer.  Even larger, 80 million people are estimated to be at risk for substance abuse.  These numbers, not including those suffering more broadly from mental health conditions, have been quantified to cost the U.S. Government $468 billion annually. ...Read More
CHHS is proud to support The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and the Maryland Law Review to present: The State of Cyberlaw: Security and Privacy in the Digital Age On February 10, 2017, this Symposium will address dynamic policy and legal issues related to cybersecurity, surveillance, and consumer privacy. The event will consist of four panels featuring nineteen highly respected legal scholars and practitioners. Travis LeBlanc, Chief of Enforcement for the Federal Communications Commission, will deliver the keynote address. Breakfast, lunch, and an evening reception will be provided. CHHS Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rauschecker, J.D., will moderate ...Read More
Maryland Carey Law offers two online degree programs: a Master of Science in Cybersecurity Law and a Master of Science in Homeland Security and Crisis Management Law. Both programs provide subject matter specialists the legal and regulatory knowledge to help their organizations gain a competitive advantage. The programs will give them the legal training they need, increasing their skill and depth. Senior CHHS Staff have developed these degree programs, serve as instructors for the courses and offer hands-on support to students. For additional information about cost and enrollment, click here Both online programs are enrolling now for classes beginning February 6, ...Read More
By Jason Greene, CHHS Extern Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has dubbed The Old Line State as the nation’s cyber security capital, and for good reason. Maryland is home to government agencies such as the National Security Agency, US Cyber Command, Defense Information Systems Agency, and National Institute of Standards & Technology, as well as over a dozen of the nation’s most prominent cyber security companies, to include Lockheed Martin, ZeroFox, KEYWCorporation, Tenable Network Security, and RedOwl. And let’s not forget the numerous top-ranked cybersecurity academic programs in the University System of Maryland, US Naval Academy, and leading research and development ...Read More
CHHS Senior Policy Law and Policy Analysts Preeti Emrick, J.D. and Christine Gentry, J.D., with help from CHHS Research Assistant Lauren Morowit, published an article in Disaster and Military Medicine which examined public health measures, including health surveillance and decedent disposition, and their effects on isolation and quarantine practices in six countries (Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, United States, Canada, and Australia) in context of the 2014–2015 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) response, and made recommendations. Read "Ebola Virus Disease: international perspective on enhanced health surveillance, disposition of the dead, and their effect on isolation and quarantine practices" from August 31, 2016, or download the PDF, below.   DMM-PDF.pdf
Read our latest newsletter here:  Summer/Fall 2016 Newsletter
The Summer/Fall 2016 CHHS Newsletter overviews our latest projects, including recent presentations by staff, and academic programs and efforts. If you’d like to receive a hard copy of all our future newsletters, visit our mailing list subscription page.     CHHS_Newsletter_2016_webpdf.pdf
By Lauren Morowit, CHHS Research Assistant The recent announcement of locally-acquired Zika cases in Florida, a count currently at fifteen, has the public health and medical world on alert.  The potential panic that could ensue from an outbreak of the Zika virus in the United States serves as a catalyst for discussing the benefits and dangers of sharing data in public health emergencies. The trade-offs involved in sharing scientific information early and maintaining the review process emphasize the need for establishing a system for publishing and communicating data in the midst of a disease outbreak.  The primate center at the ...Read More
  From The Baltimore Sun: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/harford/belair/ph-ag-ems-study-0629-20160629-story.html CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Chris Webster, J.D. and Academic Program Manager Mike Vesely, J.D. are leading the initiative over the coming months. After the initial phase, there may be continuation of the project.    
Our partners in Montgomery County will host a presentation open to the public to address the County's plan for fighting the Zika Virus.  Wednesday, June 29, 6:30-8:00pm, Sidney Kramer Upcounty Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown, MD 20874. For more information on the Zika virus, see the CHHS vlogs, or check out this pre-recorded Zika town hall previously held in Montgomery County.    
CHHS’ Public Health Program Manager Trudy Henson, J.D., sits down with our own Maggie Davis, J.D., Senior Law and Policy Analyst, for a discussion of the Zika virus including preventing its transmission via mosquito control, planning and prevention efforts by State and local agencies, and guidance for individuals on how to protect themselves.
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Senior Law and Policy Analyst Clark Lee, JD, MPH, CPH has published his first scientific research article as lead author, to appear in the August 2016 2016 issue of Accident Analysis & Prevention. The article, "Intention and willingness to drive drowsy among university students: An application of an extended theory of planned behavior model," which can be viewed here, is summarized as follows: A web-based questionnaire was used to assess the utility of constructs from the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) and the Prototype Willingness Model (PWM) to predict intentions and willingness to engage in drowsy driving in a sample of 450 university students. Those students ...Read More
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CHHS would like to congratulate Senior Staff members Birch Barron, Joseph Corona and Lisa Crow, who have this year earned recognition from the International Association of Emergency Managers by being among the group of professionals designated Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®).  This is the highest honor of professional achievement available from the Association which has in its membership more than 9,000 emergency managers representing professionals whose goals are saving lives and protecting property and the environment during emergencies and disasters. All three qualified as a CEM® by submitting an extensive credentials package giving personal and professional background achievements and successfully completing a Management ...Read More
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Press Release April 13, 2016 Partnering with the Maryland Emergency Response System (ERS) and hospitals from five counties across the southern and D.C. metro portions of Maryland, the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) facilitated a full-scale exercise today that helped prepare the region for a medical surge event. The scenario for today’s exercise was a complex coordinated attack where simultaneous attacks, including explosives and gunshots, occurred at three sites across the region. The attacks resulted in hundreds of severely wounded patients, casualties, and worried-well, being triaged and transported to area hospitals. This scenario gave participants ...Read More
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CHHS' Public Health Program Manager Trudy Henson, J.D., sits down with the Baltimore City Health Department's Commissioner, Dr. Leana Wen for a discussion of the Zika virus, its potential impact in Maryland, and what we can do to prepare: https://youtu.be/5Z-mZrKQ-14
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Hyperlink:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aEgscy_rSgCHHS Associate Director Adrian Wilairat is interviewed on ABC News about the incendiary devices found in MD/DC mailrooms.
Hyperlink:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qZEwpVFU8ACHHS Associate Director Adrian Wilairat comments on the incendiary devices found in Maryland DC mailrooms on WJZ TV in Baltimore.
Hyperlink:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldbZ9EFyv7kCHHS Director Michael Greenberger is interviewed on WTOP Radio about the incendiary devices found in Maryland State mailrooms.
Hyperlink:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldbZ9EFyv7kCHHS Director Michael Greenberger is interviewed on WTOP Radio about the incendiary devices found in Maryland State mailrooms.
From WBAL TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60XWrS4wQ9k CHHS Director Michael Greenberger is interviewed by phone on WBAL TV in Baltimore, MD about the incendiary devices found in Maryland State mailrooms.
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CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Amy Major will present on "Integrating Public Health Emergency Planning into Judicial Preparedness" at the ABA Midyear Meeting.
The Governor will review strategies and seek your input on how the State can continue to meet the public safety and security needs of all Marylanders. Your participation is key to identifying partnership opportunities within regional breakout sessions and reporting your recommendations to the Governor in the afternoon. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. REGISTRATION For planning purposes, please RSVP by January 5, 2011. Seating is extremely limited. Please limit attendance to one person per organization. Program* 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration & Networking 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Governor O’Malley: Maryland Forward 10:00 a.m. – ...Read More
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On January 12, a powerful earthquake devastated the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti and its surrounding communities. This is an unimaginable tragedy that has captured the world’s attention. CHHS applauds the efforts of the many first responders, from Haiti and abroad, who have once again answered the call for help in the wake of a catastrophe. Relief aid is still badly needed to supply food, water, shelter, and medical care for hundreds of thousands of Haitians left injured and displaced by the earthquake. The best way to provide immediate aid to the people of Haiti is through financial donations. You can ...Read More