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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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    CHHS Blog: Maximizing Survival

    July 27, 2016 by admin

    by CHHS Research Assistant Jie Liu Our nation’s threat from public mass shootings remains elevated. According to a cross-national study of 171 countries, the United States has the most public mass shootings in the world. Between January 2009 and July 2015, there were at least 133 mass shootings in the U.S. ...

  • Kolbe v. Hogan: 4th Circuit Proscribes Strict Scrutiny for State Ban on Assault Rifles

    July 21, 2016 by admin

    by Christie Chung, CHHS Research Assistant              For nearly the price of a paintball gun, you could buy an AR-15. Though most generally go for around $1,000 to $2,000, the most popular rifle in the U.S. retails for as low as $215.19 online.  Nicknamed “America’s Rifle” by the NRA, the AR-15 ...

  • Funding Public Health: Who Pays for Pandemics?

    July 7, 2016 by Trudy Henson

    by Trudy Henson, CHHS Public Health Program Manager As the world continues to watch the Zika virus epidemic unfold—Spain recorded its first case of sexually-transmitted Zika virus this week—and Congress attempts to pass a $1.1 billion dollar bill to help fund the fight against Zika, people are increasingly asking: who pays ...

  • July 2016 Update on Zika Virus

    July 5, 2016 by admin

    by by Jie Liu, CHHS Extern In the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Zika Situation Report on June 16, the Emergency Committee concluded that “there is a very low risk of further international spread of Zika virus as a result of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.” However, just recently, the Number 1-slated Olympic ...

  • CHHS Retained by Harford County for Emergency Medical Services System Study

    June 29, 2016 by Alexandra Podolny

      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.    

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    Fight the Bite! Zika Prevention: Montgomery County Events and Other Resources

    June 27, 2016 by Alexandra Podolny

    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 ...

  • Corruption and Long Delays—TSA’s Kelly Hoggan Removed From Office

    June 16, 2016 by admin

    by Christie Chung, Research Assistant In the wake of 9/11, airports face the difficult task of balancing national security concerns with the need for customer convenience and efficiency. This summer travel season from June through August, approximately 231 million passengers will fly on airlines across the country—up 4% from the same period ...

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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 ...

  • Video Blog: Zika Virus Discussion with Baltimore City Health Ddepartment 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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