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The Next Monopoly? What “Pandemic” teaches us about public health

Categories: Disease Investigation, Disease Outbreak, Preparedness, Response

close up of the Pandemic board game

By Sherline Lee

Even for an epidemiologist who works in public health preparedness and response, being asked to explain to the public what we do at CDC can be difficult.  

Do 1 Thing: Work, School, and Community

Categories: Do 1 Thing, Preparedness

Children practicing a tornado drill at school

By Cate Shockey

This blog is part of a series, covering a preparedness topic each month from the Do 1 Thing Program. Join us this month as we discuss preparedness at work, school, and in your community.

No matter where you are, you need to know how to make sure you and your loved ones are safe in an emergency. If you’re not at home during an emergency, do you know what the plan is for your work, child’s school, or community?

From CDC to ABC: H7N9 from Hong Kong

Categories: Disease Investigation, Disease Outbreak, General, Preparedness, Prevention/Vaccination, Response

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.

Public Health: Are We Too Slow?

Categories: Disease Investigation, Disease Outbreak, Foodborne, General, Response

 Meat thermometer and raw chicken breast

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?”

Do 1 Thing: Food

Categories: Do 1 Thing, General, Preparedness

By Cate Shockey

This blog is part of a series, covering a preparedness topic each month from the Do 1 Thing Program.  Join us this month as we tackle “food.”

A delicious topic – food!  As a super picky eater with minimal cooking skills, a prepackaged stockpile is right up my alley.  

The Do 1 Thing task of the month is to work on your emergency food supply.  CDC encourages storing enough food for at least three days if you have to evacuate, and a two week supply for your home.

Plague Inc.

Categories: Disease Investigation, Disease Outbreak, General

Plague Inc

James Vaughan, founder of Ndemic Creations, spoke to CDC staff on March 20, 2013 about his new mobile app, Plague Inc.  Within the game, players select a pathogen and strategize how to evolve symptoms, transmit the disease, and counter actions taken by world governments and scientists. With a successful disease, players can watch as governments fall and humanity is wiped out.

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