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Many staffers at CHHS go above and beyond their daily project work to craft blogs on current topics in the news or best practices learned among emergency management colleagues through hands on experience.

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    Video Blog: Zika Virus Discussion Series- CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Maggie Davis

    May 25, 2016 by Alexandra Podolny

    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 ...

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    Video Blog: Zika Virus Discussion with BCHD Commissioner, Dr. Wen.

    April 4, 2016 by Alexandra Podolny

    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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    PulsePoint App Promotes Rapid Cardiac Arrest Response in Howard County MD

    March 18, 2016 by Birch Barron

    Get the app. Activate alerts. Save a life. The principle behind the free-to-use PulsePoint app is simple: cardiac arrest events occur in public places every day, and CPR-trained community members may be seconds away. The PulsePoint app uses mobile device technology to connect CPR-trained users with people in need of their life-saving ...

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    Court Orders Apple to Unlock iPhone of San Bernardino Shooter

    March 2, 2016 by guest

    By CHHS Research Assistant Marissa Johnson The relationship between the U.S. tech industry and government hangs in the balance as Apple, Inc. and the FBI continue to disagree over unlocking one of the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone.  A magistrate Judge in the U.S. District Court of Central California ordered Apple to ...

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    The Legal Battle Between Apple and the FBI – Webcast

    March 1, 2016 by guest

    CHHS Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rauschecker and Senior Law and Policy Analyst Ben Yelin, both also adjunct faculty at Maryland Carey Law, discuss the Apple v. FBI case: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMEYItF9o0c  

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    Zika Virus – WHO Public Health Emergency of International Concern

    February 22, 2016 by guest

    By CHHS Research Assistant Lauren Morowit On February 1, 2016 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Zika virus and its suspected link to birth defects an international public health emergency.  In particular, the Americas are being plagued by a virus that researchers and the general public have little knowledge of ...

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    CHHS Cybersecurity Symposium: Privacy Presentation

    February 17, 2016 by guest

    By CHHS Research Assistant Marissa Johnson The Center for Health and Homeland Security partnered with the University of Maryland’s School of Law and the Universities at Shady Grove to host a Cybersecurity Symposium on February 5th. The event included seven speakers that informed the attendees on privacy issues, assessing risk, emerging ...

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    Efforts to End Terrorism Through Local Communities

    February 11, 2016 by guest

    By CHHS Research Assistant Chaitra Gowda The 15th anniversary of 9/11 is approaching, and every year we are faced with even more terrorism at home and abroad. Over the past year attacks carried out or inspired by ISIS alone have resulted in nearly 1,000 deaths across the world: the most recent ...

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    Helpful Resources on Zika Virus

    February 4, 2016 by Trudy Henson

    On February 2, the New York Times reported that a case of Zika virus had been sexually transmitted in Texas. The first known case of its kind in the U.S., a patient was infected by someone who had traveled in Venezuela. The new case is causing health officials to change their ...

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    Business Preparedness in Annapolis

    February 1, 2016 by Megan Williams

    In a 7.2 square mile area along the Chesapeake Bay and Severn River, the City of Annapolis houses the State Capitol, seat of Anne Arundel County government, and the prestigious United States Naval Academy. The 38,000 residents and 1,000,000 visitors per year enjoy the City’s small businesses and old town ...

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    Zika Alarms Public Health Officials

    January 29, 2016 by Trudy Henson

    It may be hard to think about a warm-weather pest like mosquitos when the region is still digging out from record snowfalls, but that’s exactly what the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) is asking people to do: focus on the Aedes ...

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    Baltimore’s Preparedness and Response to Historic Snowpocalypse

    January 27, 2016 by guest

    By CHHS Research Assistant Maraya Pratt In anticipation of the predicted blizzard that was to hit Baltimore and surrounding areas this past weekend, Governor Larry Hogan signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Maryland starting Friday morning at 7:00 am. The declaration, according to Hogan, was to allow ...

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    Safety Check: Can Facebook’s New Tool Minimize The Problems of Clogged Networks?

    December 4, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS RA Jules Szanton On November 13th, terrorists murdered at least 130 victims in a series of coordinated attacks in Paris, France.  While concerned people around the world learned of the attacks through traditional media sources, millions of social media users learned about the attacks through a more personalized medium: a ...

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    The CISA Fight: Can Congress Fight Cyberattacks Without Compromising Privacy?

    November 6, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Research Assistant Jules Szanton Over the past several years, several high profile data breaches have proved costly to American firms and citizens, and the public is increasingly concerned that online data is vulnerable to hackers.  The federal government, however, is in a tricky position when it comes to countering ...

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    The Importance of Preparedness: The Storm Won’t Always Go Out to Sea

    October 2, 2015 by Ben Yelin

    Earlier this week, it appeared that the Mid-Atlantic could be in the crosshairs for a potentially dangerous Atlantic tropical cyclone.  Several weather models Monday and Tuesday showed soon-to-be Hurricane Joaquin making landfall in the Chesapeake Bay, which would have been a major natural disaster for the surrounding areas. As the ...

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    Public Health Preparedness During National Emergency Preparedness Month

    September 28, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Research Assistant Maraya Pratt September is National Preparedness Month, which can effectively serve as a reminder to take the necessary steps early that will adequately prepare you to stay safe during any public emergency or crisis. This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Just ...

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    Damages from a Data Breach: Appeals Court Makes it Easier for Consumers to Sue

    September 25, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Research Assistant Jules Szanton Imagine this scenario: You read in the paper that a chain department store where you frequently shop has suffered a data breach.  Hackers implanted malware into the company’s payment system, stealing credit card information from millions of the company’s customers.  Since you shop at the ...

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    The 14th Anniversary of 9/11 – Revisiting Mass Transit Suspicionless Counter-Terrorism Stop and Search

    September 22, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Extern Fangzhou XIE In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the nation witnessed a burgeoning era of numerous counter-terrorism tactics. Over time, criticisms arose as to whether those precautionary measures truly serve to prevent terrorism, or are merely placebo to calm down unsettling public nerves, and at what cost?  ...

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    Using Information and Communication to Respond to Civil Unrest: Baltimore’s JIC

    September 15, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Research Assistant Hanna Ernstberger Recent peaceful gatherings outside the Baltimore Circuit Courthouse are a stark comparison to the riots that tore through the city in April. Throughout the past few weeks, protesters have assembled, with little incident, in front of Courthouse East to speak their opinions regarding pre-trial motions ...

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    eLearning for Emergency Response

    August 31, 2015 by Christine Gentry

    Continued training is imperative to maintaining a well-qualified, effective workforce – especially in emergency response fields where best practices evolve with every emergency.  Traditional training programs, however, may not always be the best approach.  Traditional training occurs in person, in real time, and often represents a large investment in paid ...

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