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 experts publish in Disaster and Military Medicine on Ebola Virus Disease: International Perspective

    October 3, 2016 by admin

    CHHS Senior Policy Law and Policy Analysts Preeti Emrick, J.D. and Christine Gentry, J.D., with help from CHHS Research Assistant Lauren Morowit, published an article in Disaster and Military Medicine which examined public health measures, including health surveillance and decedent disposition, and their effects on isolation and quarantine practices in six countries ...

  • CHHS Summer/Fall 2016 Newsletter is now available!

    September 26, 2016 by admin

    Read our latest newsletter here:  Summer/Fall 2016 Newsletter

  • Mosquito Borne Illnesses Require Multifaceted Approach from Public Health Officials

    September 14, 2016 by admin

    By Christie Chung, CHHS Research Assistant From world-class athletes skipping the Olympics to Florida theme parks handing out complimentary insect repellent, the Zika virus has prompted much concern and anxiety. However, the disease most widely known for its link to birth defects is just one of several mosquito-borne illnesses currently threatening ...

  • National Preparedness Month: Make Your Plan Today

    September 12, 2016 by admin

    By Lauren Morowit, CHHS Research Assistant If an emergency happens in your community tomorrow – will you be ready? September is National Preparedness Month in the United States, and government agencies are urging all citizens to consider developing an emergency communication plan.  The slogan for this readiness campaign is, “Don’t Wait.  Communicate.” Emergencies ...

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    Does Knowledge Threaten National Security?

    August 29, 2016 by admin

    By: Christopher Smeenk, CHHS Intern Thomas Jefferson once said, “Knowledge is power, knowledge is safety, and knowledge is happiness.” However, the opposite may hold true for those subjected to the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program. Is it possible that knowledge about this program is enough to hold a prisoner incommunicado for the remainder ...

  • New Proposed CDC Rule Signals a Shift Toward Transparency

    August 16, 2016 by Trudy Henson

    On August 15th, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a Notice for Proposed Rulemaking to revise current domestic and foreign federal quarantine regulations. The new provisions are the result of recent domestic and foreign disease outbreaks, including the Ebola Virus, Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, and repeated outbreaks ...

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    Zika Update August 8, 2016: Progress and Pauses

    August 8, 2016 by Trudy Henson

    News in the headlines about “striking” results from a Zika vaccine raise hopes that even if the outbreak spreads, there may be another way to avoid its devastating effects. However, coupled with that promising news is the news that such progress relies on a funding stream that is quickly drying ...

  • Terrorism in the Modern World: the Associated Risks of Large-Scale Events

    August 8, 2016 by admin

    by Christie Chung, CHHS Research Assistant Large-scale events pose unique safety and security concerns for law enforcement officials. In addition to anticipating common disruptions such as public drunkenness, fighting, and petty theft, police officers must grapple with the fact that special events provide an attractive target for terrorist attacks. The nature ...

  • The Pros and Cons of Sharing Data in Public Health Emergencies

    August 5, 2016 by admin

    By Lauren Morowit, CHHS Research Assistant The recent announcement of locally-acquired Zika cases in Florida, a count currently at fifteen, has the public health and medical world on alert.  The potential panic that could ensue from an outbreak of the Zika virus in the United States serves as a catalyst for ...

  • Zika Developments- Week of August 1, 2016

    August 4, 2016 by Trudy Henson

    With every day, more and more news headlines bring details about Zika, its spread, and the U.S.’ various response. Here’s a short roundup: Numbers of cases of Zika in the U.S. continue to rise, as more and more citizens are tested. In the Miami area, the number of confirmed cases has ...

  • Devastation in Ellicott City, MD and the Importance of Disaster Planning

    August 3, 2016 by Ben Yelin

    On Saturday, July 30th, a torrential rainstorm caused widespread flooding in Ellicott City, Maryland, killing two, and causing devastating damage that will take months, or perhaps years, to repair. The storm dropped over six inches of rain in two hours in the historic downtown area, which is especially prone to ...

  • Update on Zika Virus: August 2016

    August 2, 2016 by Trudy Henson

    As August approached, the U.S. turned its attention to Florida, which began making headlines in late July for a case of potentially locally-acquired Zika virus. On July 29th, the Florida Health Department stated it believed there was “active transmission of the Zika virus,” based on four cases that were detected earlier ...

  • 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 admin

      From The Baltimore Sun: 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 admin

    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 admin

    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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