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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  • Measles Outbreak in Minnesota: Victims of Disease and Propaganda

    May 15, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS RA Lauren Morowit The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) declared that measles was eliminated in the United States in 2000 due to widespread vaccination.  However, this accomplishment has been undermined by three major outbreaks since the announcement including: the Amish community outbreak in Ohio in 2014, the Disneyland outbreak ...

  • Opioid Crisis Update: Florida Declares Public Health Emergency; Pressure Increases on Medical Examiners and College Campuses Nationwide

    May 12, 2017 by CHHS RAs

    By CHHS Research Assistant Bach Nguyen On May 3rd, 2017, the governor of Florida declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, echoing a similar move made by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan two months prior, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) declaration of a national opioid epidemic in ...

  • CHHS’ BRAVE Program Lauded as National Best Practice by The Washington Institute.

    April 19, 2017 by admin

    by CHHS Staff Members Shanna Batten and Maggie Davis In March 2017, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy released a detailed, bi-partisan report within a series of policy recommendations to the Trump Administration. The report, Defeating Ideologically Inspired Violent Extremism: A Strategy to Build Strong Communities and Protect the U.S. ...


    March 13, 2017 by admin

    By Jonathan Lim, CHHS Extern On March 4th, current President Donald Trump accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower in a Tweet. Apparently, the accusation was based on a Heat Street article which stated that the FBI had sought and obtained a FISA warrant to “examine the activities of ...

  • What The Oroville Dam and San Jose Flooding Crisis Teaches Us about Emergency Preparedness

    March 6, 2017 by admin

    By Jonathan Lim, CHHS Extern The recent Oroville Dam crisis highlighted America’s need to repair its many aging dams. In the Oroville case, authorities responded quickly enough that the 180,000 people most endangered by the dam’s potential failure were evacuated. This may be a dangerous sign, as the average age of our ...

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    Maryland Governor Declares State of Emergency on Opioids

    March 3, 2017 by admin

      by CHHS Research Assitant Faiza Hasan Governor Larry Hogan announced on March 1, 2016 a state of emergency for opioids, amidst escalating overdose deaths in Maryland and nationwide. The state of emergency is an instrument many jurisdictions use to coordinate anti-opioid and heroin strategies. Hogan, who lost a cousin to addiction ...

  • Repeal of the ACA: Effects on Substance Abuse Epidemic

    February 16, 2017 by admin

    by CHHS Research Assistants Christie Chung and Charles Hilberg Substance abuse and addiction is a serious public health problem that impacts communities on multiple levels. It is estimated that at least 40 million Americans age 12 and over meet the clinical criteria for addiction that involves substance abuse, a tally that ...

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    Blog: Border Wall-Effective, Or Is More Needed for Border Security?

    February 13, 2017 by admin

    by Jonathan Lim, CHHS Extern On January 26, 2017, the President signed an executive order for the construction of a wall on the United States-Mexico border. The President deviated from one of his most controversial campaign promises when he admitted that the American taxpayer, and not Mexico, would pay for the ...

  • Ukraine’s utility grid was attacked again last month.  Could the U.S. power grid be a target?

    February 7, 2017 by admin

    by Glyn Cashwell, CHHS Extern A recent December 2016 cyber attack in Ukraine has the public concerned that the U.S. could be the next victim.  Ultimately, whether a foreign actor decides to attack the power grid will likely hinge on foreign relations, as it appears that several foreign governments probably can ...

  • The State of Cyberlaw: Security and Privacy in the Digital Age

    February 2, 2017 by admin

    CHHS is proud to support The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and the Maryland Law Review to present: The State of Cyberlaw: Security and Privacy in the Digital Age On February 10, 2017, this Symposium will address dynamic policy and legal issues related to cybersecurity, surveillance, and consumer privacy. ...

  • Final Rule on Control of Communicable Diseases Published

    January 23, 2017 by Trudy Henson

    By Trudy Henson, Public Health Program Manager As the new year gets under way, and a new President takes office, health and transportation officials are turning their attention to a new rule, finalized January 19th, by the Centers for Disease Control. The rule, originally proposed in August 2016, deals with Control ...

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    Online Master’s Programs in Cyber and Crisis Management Law- Starting February 2017

    January 13, 2017 by admin

    Maryland Carey Law offers two online degree programs: a Master of Science in Cybersecurity Law and a Master of Science in Homeland Security and Crisis Management Law. Both programs provide subject matter specialists the legal and regulatory knowledge to help their organizations gain a competitive advantage. The programs will give ...

  • Blog: Collaboration is Needed to Address the Heroin and Opioid Threat

    January 6, 2017 by admin

    by Trudy Henson with Birch Barron As 2016 came to a close and many were focused on a year-end countdown, health officials were paying attention to a different tally: the alarming rate of drug overdose deaths, which nearly tripled between 1999 – 2014, and continued to increase for synthetic opioid deaths ...

  • CHHS Hosts Kick-off Event for the BRAVE Program in Montgomery County, MD

    December 8, 2016 by admin

    by Mehreen Farooq, CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Initially developed by the World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE) in 2013, the Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism (BRAVE) program is a collective impact initiative to promote social cohesion and public safety, with a core focus on building resilience against violent extremism through engagement, ...

  • CyberMaryland 2016 Underscores the Need to Tap into Top Tech Talent

    October 31, 2016 by admin

    By Jason Greene, CHHS Extern Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has dubbed The Old Line State as the nation’s cyber security capital, and for good reason. Maryland is home to government agencies such as the National Security Agency, US Cyber Command, Defense Information Systems Agency, and National Institute of Standards & Technology, as ...

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    New White House Plan for Countering Violent Extremism by Empowering Local Partners

    October 19, 2016 by Maggie Davis

    This morning the White House released a new strategic plan for countering violent extremism in the United States by further empowering local community initiatives. While the new plan retains the goals set out by the 2011 Strategy for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States, it ...

  • Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response in the Wake of Katrina: Hurricane Matthew

    October 7, 2016 by admin

    by Christie Chung, CHHS Research Assistant “This is serious. . .This storm will kill you. Time is running out. We don’t have that much time left.” On Thursday morning October 6th, there was no mistaking the gravity of the situation as Florida Governor Rick Scott once again urged residents to heed ...

  • Blog: Making Schools “Hard” Targets

    October 6, 2016 by admin

    By: Christopher Smeenk, CHHS Extern There is a common denominator among the 142 school shootings that have occurred in the United States since 2013: in each instance, the perpetrator(s) attacked a “soft” target. Schools are considered “soft targets” because they are relatively unprotected and vulnerable to deadly attacks. This reality was clearly ...

  • Zika Update-October 2016: Congress Finally Appropriates Funds but Vaccine Still a Long Way Off

    October 5, 2016 by Maggie Davis

    Ending a nearly seven months long political stalemate, Congress appropriated $1.1 billion to fund international and domestic activities related to the spread and effect of the Zika virus on September 28. The funding, which became available on October 1 with the beginning of the 2017 fiscal year, generally aligns with ...

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    Blog: Combatting Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis with Treatment

    October 4, 2016 by admin

    by Emily Rosenberg, CHHS Research Assistant Tuberculosis (TB) is no longer the long-gone threat that plagued the urban lower classes of Europe from the Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution. In fact, TB is now more resilient and widespread than ever. It has remained a pandemic disease throughout the world for thousands ...

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