Blogs from 2016

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

    December 8, 2016

    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 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

    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 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: 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

    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 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 ...

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

    October 3, 2016

    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

    Read our latest newsletter here:  Summer/Fall 2016 Newsletter

  • Mosquito Borne Illnesses Require Multifaceted Approach from Public Health Officials

    September 14, 2016

    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 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: 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

    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

    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 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 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

    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

    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

    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 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. ...

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