Taking on the role of interim CDC director can be an intimidating task, but an impending pandemic can make the position exponentially more daunting. This is the situation Dr. Richard Besser faced in 2009 when he stepped into his new job. But Besser took the task head on and guided the country’s premier health agency through the H1N1 outbreak with skill and confidence. Through this experience Besser saw first hand how important communication is to building the publics’ trust and improving health behaviors.
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Selected Category: Response
May 7th, 2013 12:55 pm ET - Blog Administrator
May 1st, 2013 12:27 pm ET - Blog Administrator
One of the many roles of public health is to protect consumers from threats like foodborne outbreaks. Much of this hinges on quickly getting out clear messages to the public that provide simple steps to help stem the spread of disease. This is something public health professionals have been doing for over a hundred years, but a recent outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg got us wondering, “Are we doing enough to keep the public safe? Are we too slow? And, How can we improve?”
March 12th, 2013 12:00 am ET - Blog Administrator
By Daniel Homsey
Often a city‘s identity is attached to a significant event in its past, and for San Francisco that event is the Earthquake of 1906. That fateful event, in which thousands perished and our City burned to the ground, captured the attention of the whole world. Its legacy forged a commitment in the psyche of every San Franciscan – never again.
February 27th, 2013 11:16 am ET - Blog Administrator
By Gaetina Hodnett
It was a cloudy Monday in late October 2012 when Superstorm Sandy approached Long Island. The weather reports were frequent and very informative; however, I didn’t think the storm would have any impact on my family because of our experience with Hurricane Irene the previous year. We live less than a mile from the Atlantic Ocean and sustained minimal damage after Hurricane Irene.
February 15th, 2013 1:07 pm ET - Blog Administrator
February 12th, 2013 8:53 am ET - Blog Administrator
It is Mardi Gras in New Orleans and I would like to take this time to introduce myself. I’m an EvacuSpot. I am a piece of public art with a purpose and a message. You will soon notice me on the city of New Orleans’ landscape. My journey has not been quick or easy, and I would not be ready to hit the streets of New Orleans without the support of those who care so much about our great city. Oh wait, that’s jumping ahead. Let me start from the beginning and tell you what I represent.
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