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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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  • Drug Shortage Crisis – How Hurricane Damage is Impacting Drugs in the United States

    August 8, 2018 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS Extern Nicole Kulaga In 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, claiming the lives of an estimated 4,645 people. Almost a year later, Puerto Rico and the nation as a whole, are still recovering.  While officials have restored 95% of the power grid, more than 250 schools are set to ...

  • Why All Correctional Facilities Should Provide the Option for Medication-Assisted Treatment

    July 18, 2018 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS Extern Nicole Kulaga  Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as programs that provide behavioral therapy and medications to patients with substance abuse disorders.  MAT programs treat opioid use disorder with either methadone, naltrexone, or buprenorphine.  Implementing these programs into correctional ...

  • We Didn’t Start the Fire, But We Will Suppress It

    June 15, 2018 by CHHS RAs

    How The United States Government Is Taking Action Against Deadly Wildfires By CHHS Extern Nicole Kulaga  In 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018’s new funding structure for wildfire suppression will take effect. This bill aims to correct serious flaws in the way wildfire prevention and treatment are paid for in the ...

  • Atlanta’s Government is Shutdown by Ransomware

    March 30, 2018 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS Extern Tyler Babich On March 22nd, Atlanta’s city government announced that it was the target of a cyberattack that effectively shut down most of its computers and internet-connected systems. Criminals successfully perpetrated a ransomware attack that blocked local government employees from being able to use their computers. The result ...

  • Hospitals and Mass Shootings

    March 27, 2018 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS Extern John Travers Mass shootings are a recurring issue in American society and thus have provided impetus for hospitals to reexamine their ability to respond effectively after such events. The verdict seems to be a mixed bag as administrators, doctors and other professionals struggle to plan for the unthinkable. ...

  • Apocalypse Now or Paradise Later: AI’s Reality Distorting Tools

    March 2, 2018 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS Extern Erika Steele  Like a child trapped in a septuagenarian’s body, artificial intelligence (AI) presents an odd sort of dichotomy, which triggers emotions not seen since the proverbial splitting of the atom, ranging from exuberance to resistance, paranoia to terror, and from hopes for a better life to warnings ...

  • The Need to Understand Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue

    February 27, 2018 by CHHS RAs

    Photo Credit:  RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images By CHHS Extern Kirby McMahon Following the tragedy in Parkland, Florida on February 15, 2018, a number of actions have been proposed to help stop the growing trend of gun violence in America. Amid the calls for reform, there is a growing movement to repeal the Dickey Amendment. ...

  • Something to be Thankful For During the Flu Season: While the Flu May be of Epidemic Proportions, it is Certainly Not a Pandemic

    February 23, 2018 by CHHS RAs

    By: CHHS Extern Erika Steele Image Source: Jovanmandic/iStockPhoto.com The flu this year has shown a very rapid increase in the number of people hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed cases. More alarming, is the fact influenza activity has not peaked, and all states, except for Hawaii and Oregon continue to report widespread activity. Increased contagion ...

  • Hawaii Missile Crisis: What Went Wrong and What Needs to Happen

    January 24, 2018 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS Extern Kirby McMahon Photo Credit: Alison Teal/AFP/Getty Images On January 13, 2018 at 8:07 a.m. local time, the state of Hawaii was sent into a panic, as residents received an alert of an imminent ballistic missile threat. The alert was sent out through the Emergency Alert System and was broadcast ...

  • Government Suits Against Opioid Manufacturers as Public Health Policy

    November 30, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS Extern Joshua Prada In recent years, the United States has been experiencing a major public health crisis in the form of an epidemic of opioid abuse. In 2015 alone, there were 33,091 drug overdose deaths involving opioids in the United States. These numbers represent a rate of overdose deaths ...

  • Advocating for Safe Injection Sites

    November 21, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS Extern Edward Miller Photo Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck This past year, more people died from opioid overdoses than died in the entirety of the Vietnam War. States and local agencies have reacted in various ways in their development of emergency response tactics to combat the epidemic. With an ever ...

  • Strategic Critical Infrastructure Protection for State and Local Governments: How to Get Started

    November 9, 2017 by Christopher Ryan

    Photo Credit: Trend Micro & Organization of American States A fundamental responsibility of State and Local governments is to protect critical infrastructure that preserve public safety, normalcy, and quality of life.  It can be a major challenge, however, for States and localities to determine how best to use limited critical infrastructure ...

  • Halloween Attack in NYC: 4 Issues to Watch

    November 2, 2017 by Christopher Ryan

    Photo Credit: Todd Heisler/The New York Times   A terrorist killed 8 and injured at least 12 in New York City on Tuesday when he purposely drove a small truck into unsuspecting civilians on a bike path.  After driving 20 blocks, the driver crashed into a school bus and exited the vehicle ...

  • Recovery in Las Vegas: Recommended Strategies Based on Other Attacks

    October 24, 2017 by Christopher Ryan

    Survivors, witnesses, loved ones, and other members of the Las Vegas community are already bravely navigating a plethora of evolving challenges to recover from the tragic mass shooting on October 1. Facilitating the recovery will be a major challenge for emergency managers, but they can craft useful strategies by reviewing ...

  • The Disaster Insurance Disaster

    October 6, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS Extern Charles Richardson As new stories push the public’s attention away from the disasters of a hurricane, the people who still live in the impacted areas are left to pick up the pieces. Superstorm Sandy hit in the late fall of 2012 and has left a lasting impact on ...

  • Promise, but Unaddressed Constitutional Concerns in Bipartisan Surveillance Reform Proposal

    October 6, 2017 by Ben Yelin

    In 2013, former NSA contractor Edward J. Snowden revealed a surveillance program that allows for the collection of the content of electronic communications under the authority of Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (“702”). The program ostensibly targets non-U.S. persons located abroad who are have foreign intelligence ...

  • Tragic Deaths Following Hurricane Irma Reinforce Need for Robust Implementation of Health Care Facility Preparedness

    October 2, 2017 by Trudy Henson

    The news of the tragic death of eleven Hollywood, Florida, nursing home patients made headlines, and the investigation into what happened continues to make headlines. The facility, which maintained power but lost air conditioning, eventually ended up evacuating its patients to a nearby hospital, but not before eight patients died, ...

  • The Role of Electronic Health Records When Disaster Comes

    September 28, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS Extern Virginia Giannini  What do you do when you receive an evacuation notice? You pack your most valuable belongings, secure the property you are leaving behind and leave on your evacuation route. But like most people, you are probably missing something very valuable: your health information and records. Failure ...

  • Hospital Evacuations During Harvey and Irma

    September 14, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS RA Jonathan Lim The news is now dominated by the story that at least eight people died in a Hollywood, Florida nursing home that lost power and air conditioning because of Hurricane Irma. As of the time of this writing, the details of the incident are still forthcoming; however, ...

  • Cybersecurity and the National Infrastructure Advisory Council

    September 14, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS Intern Jonathan Lim In August, several members of the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) resigned, citing, among other reasons, the current Administration’s lack of attentiveness to Cybersecurity issues, which leave the country’s infrastructure vulnerable. For his part, the President had issued a sweeping Executive Order several months ago, ...

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