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The Debate on Compulsory Vaccination: Give Me Liberty or Give Me Disease

In 1998, Andrew Wakefield and twelve co-authors published an article in the highly regarded scientific journal, The Lancet, associating the combined Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine with gastrointestinal issues that could, in turn cause a type of autism.  The retrospective stu

Personal Medical Records Availability Key Following Disaster

By Bonnie Portis, CHHS Extern 

Montgomery County Family Reunification Exercise

When a major disaster strikes a community, there are more than just first responder rescue efforts to consider.  Notification and reunification of family members during and after a mass casualty event is a key part of emergency management, requiring many different organizations to work together in order to address the behavioral health needs of a community.   On March 18, 2014, M

Emergency Preparedness Summit in D.C. Focuses on Critical Role of Faith-Based Organizations

On March 26, 2014, I had the pleasure of serving as a guest speaker at a Faith-Based Emergency Preparedness Summit at Trinity Washington University entitled “Faith-in-Action.”

Federal Officials Propose New Rule to Bolster Emergency Preparedness for Health Care Facilities

Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed extensive new emergency preparedness requirements for American health care facilities.

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