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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    Ebola Resurgent in West Africa as Health Authorities Seek Answers and a Vaccine

    July 20, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Research Assistant Jules Szanton Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone are confronting a resurgence of Ebola after several encouraging months when the virus seemed to be nearly extinguished from West Africa.  Public health experts suspect a number of factors are leading to a rise in the infectious disease.  The resurgence ...

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    How Does King vs Burwell Affect Me?

    July 14, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Extern Elizabeth Millford This is the question that many Americans are asking themselves after the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the second major landmark case to challenge President Obama’s 2010 healthcare law. On Thursday June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court revealed its decision on the most recent case involving Obamacare. ...

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    MERS Insurance? A Policymaker’s Tool for Calming Disaster-Related Panic

    July 2, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Research Assistant Jules Szanton When a country or region is struck by a natural disaster, act of terror, or disease outbreak, it isn’t long until an economic threat rears its head: declining tourist visits. In an era when news travels quickly and tourists have choices, areas that have suffered from ...

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    Tech Corps: FEMA and Private Tech Companies Working Together for Disaster Relief

    July 1, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Extern Elizabeth Millford Don’t be surprised if you see Google or Microsoft employees working alongside emergency responders the next time a disaster strikes. On June 17 2015, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hosted a special signing ceremony at their Headquarters in DC, where seven private sector technology companies ...

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    CA Votes to Remove Vaccine Exemptions for School Children

    June 30, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Research Assistant Maraya Pratt The most recent measles outbreak that occurred at Disneyland last December affected nearly 150 people and subsequently prompted the California Assembly to vote to substantially limit vaccine exemptions for school children. Vaccination rates in California have substantially decreased in recent years as parents have declined ...

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    The Plague: Rare But Not Forgotten in the Public Health World

    June 29, 2015 by Trudy Henson

    When you hear the word plague, it might call to mind images from centuries ago. However, this week the public health world was reminded the past is never quite behind us when a 16-year-old Colorado boy died from a rare strain of septicemic plague. Thought to have been contracted from ...

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    MERS Outbreak Continues to Underscore Need for Vigilance

    June 26, 2015 by Trudy Henson

    Sunday, June 21st, South Korea’s health ministry reported three new cases of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The total number of individuals infected is now at 181, and the death toll is at 31. In spite of the three new reported cases, however, there has actually been an overall drop ...

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    Emergency Alerts During Texas Floods – Were They Effective?

    June 17, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Extern Elizabeth Millford Memorial Day weekend brought a lot more than patriotic celebration to Central Texas. More than four weeks of near-constant rain culminated in a flash flood that devastated towns and homes and ultimately claimed the lives of at least 23 individuals, including many children. In the span ...

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    Remote Hacking and the Vulnerabilities of Today’s Medical Devices

    June 15, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Extern Drew Ricci With the recent emergence of wireless connectivity in medical devices, taking someone’s life could all too easily lay in the hands of predators nowhere near a patient’s bed-side.  The majority of today’s medical devices that possess wireless connectivity have frightening security flaws that leave them susceptible ...

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    Tough Call: Closing Public Schools During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

    June 11, 2015 by Trudy Henson

    If you lived in Maryland this past winter and had school-aged children, you may have had one or two mornings where you thought to yourself: who decides to close schools for inclement weather? (You may have also wondered: what were they thinking?).  As tough a job as it might be ...

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    MERS, XDR-TB Remind U.S. That Public Health Protocols Matter All the Time

    June 10, 2015 by Trudy Henson

    Although the Ebola outbreak in Africa has been largely contained, the global public health community is far from getting a break. Hong Kong just announced a “red alert” against non-essential travel to South Korea due to its concern about Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS; and late yesterday the story ...

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    Bringing Shelter-In-Place Into Practice During an Emergency

    May 5, 2015 by Michael Vesely

    Recent civil unrest in Baltimore has caused numerous organizations, both public and private, to institute an array of emergency protocols in order to better protect staff and resources. The most common steps taken are to evacuate buildings and to cease operations for a limited time. Using the term “evacuation” might ...

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    Civil Unrest in Baltimore: Understanding Government Powers During Declared State of Emergency

    April 28, 2015 by Trudy Henson

    If you live or work near Baltimore City, or even if you follow national news, you know that tensions have been mounting in the two weeks since Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody. Those tensions began with questions into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Gray’s arrest and death, and then ...

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    Fatal Shooting by Police Officer Highlights the Need to Examine Police Tactics and Training

    April 14, 2015 by Vernon Herron

    The recent tragic events in Charleston South Carolina, where the world witnessed South Carolina Police Officer Michael Slager shoot and kill an unarmed and fleeing Walter Scott, magnify the need to evaluate tactics and training of our American Police Departments. There are nearly one million police officers that keep our ...

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    Building Resilient Public Health Infrastructure

    April 10, 2015 by Christine Gentry

    CHHS Extern Lisa Bowen also contributed to this blog    Resilience    noun re·sil·ience \ri-ˈzil-yən(t)s\ : the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens : the ability of something to return to its original shape after it has been pulled, stretched, pressed, bent, etc. Several recent public health crises – ...

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    Wikimedia Challenges NSA and DOJ Mass “Upstream” Surveillance Program

    March 19, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Research Assistant Laura Merkey Wikimedia, the parent company of Wikipedia, in conjunction with several other groups including Amnesty International USA, the ACLU, and the Rutherford Institute, has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice challenging a mass surveillance program that utilizes ...

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    Recent Measles Outbreaks Cause Lawmakers to Take Action Against Lenient Vaccine Exemption Policies

    March 13, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Extern Lisa Bowen The dramatic decrease in lead poisoning rates after the removal of lead from gasoline and the ban on lead-based paint is a perfect example of how public health interventions are more successful when public health policy is enacted. Unfortunately, it usually takes seventeen years to translate ...

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    Using Data to Direct Emergency Services: Howard County CARES

    March 10, 2015 by Birch Barron

    Leaders in emergency service fields are frequently faced with difficult choices. Crucial decisions about where to allocate resources, time, and money are all too often based on habits and guesswork rather than reliable data. However, innovative programs across the country are increasingly demanding high-quality information to support decision making in ...

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    Unlikely Heroes: Hackers to the Rescue?

    March 2, 2015 by guest

    By CHHS Extern Andrew Weissenberg In the aftermath of the Charlie Hedbo attacks in Paris, an unlikely “hero” has emerged. When fighting ISIS, most figured it would be by air and land. However, the global hacker collective, Anonymous, has recently staged a hacking campaign against ISIS. Anonymous became an online force around ...

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    Planning for Public Safety During a Special Event

    March 2, 2015 by Patrick Donlan

    The Gubernatorial Inauguration of Larry Hogan, Maryland’s 62nd Governor, took place on January 21st, 2015. While the ceremony lasted a total of 3 hours, the planning process spanned over 2 months. It’s difficult to predict when or where an emergency or disaster might take place. Special events however, are known ahead ...