Posts tagged "preparedness"

April 21 news: National Health Security Preparedness Index, AJPH research, opioid warning labels for children

Check out today's public health news for Friday, April 21, 2017.
NHSPI index shows US has ‘substantial health security preparedness capability’

NHSPI index shows US has ‘substantial health security preparedness capability’

Is the U.S. ready to respond to or prevent health threats — like Ebola — in real time? Yes and no, according to the 2014 National Health Security Preparedness Index.
Looking back, moving forward as APHA heads to New Orleans

Looking back, moving forward as APHA heads to New Orleans

Bittersweet. That’s one way to describe getting ready for APHA’s 142nd Annual Meeting & Exposition in New Orleans, marking the Association's first return to the city since before Hurricane Katrina.
APHA, March of Dimes teach preparedness to pregnant women, parents of infants

APHA, March of Dimes teach preparedness to pregnant women, parents of infants

Are you a parent of an infant or expecting a child? If so, it’s important you take time to prepare yourself and your infant to be safe during emergencies.
Despite progress, gaps still remain in US preparedness

Despite progress, gaps still remain in US preparedness

Most U.S. states need to make some improvements to better protect residents against infectious disease outbreaks and ready their communities for public health disasters, according to new analyses from health groups.
Social media can help communicate during disaster

Social media can help communicate during disaster

When the power went out in San Diego in September 2011, local residents weren’t left completely in the dark. Health officials turned to social media to help communicate during the citywide blackout.

Public health workers at center of Boston bombing response

The unique configuration of the Boston Public Health Commission meant that on April 15, when two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, public health was on the scene and ready to respond. Read more from this story published in The Nation's Health newspaper.
Life is ruff. Better be prepared.

Life is ruff. Better be prepared.

While dogs are busy fulfilling the role of man’s best friend, perhaps they can also help us humans prepare for an emergency.

House passes disaster preparedness bill

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act — which if enacted by Congress would strengthen emergency response programs for state, local and public health practitioners. The vote cleared the House by a 383-16 vote.

Report: US vulnerable to health emergencies

Preparedness has been an important topic in public health in light of recent disasters, including Hurricane Sandy. Data released Thursday show that the U.S. is not fully equipped to properly respond to health emergencies.

Officials prepare for public health challenges of Olympics: London summer games begin July 27

Learn how public health officials in London are stepping up prevention and surveillance efforts to keep travelers and athletes safe from an infectious disease outbreak in advance of the Olympic Games. Read more from this story as reported in the July 2012 issue of The Nation's Health.

Are you ready for whooping cough?

If you’ve read or watched the news lately, you may have heard about an increase in pertussis, or “whooping cough,” infections. Several states are now reporting new cases, including West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Island and Maine. The good news? California.