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The Healthy Traveler’s Mindset — Mitigating Risk and Embracing Adventure

Morning greetings from the sun as it crest Everest

As a backpacker abroad, I have been exposed to many experiences and foreign diseases that have challenged my health and immune system in ways I never expected. Thanks to my travels, I am now aware that diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, and influenza are a serious concern to consider in international adventures Read More >

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A Healthy Community is a Prepared Community

group of young adults holding hands and jumping in the air

As communities look at how to prepare for the next emergency, they usually focus on stockpiling emergency supplies, having clear alert networks and ways to communicate with the public, and designating evacuation routes and shelter locations. While all of these are key aspects of emergency planning, one area of preparedness that is often overlooked is community health. Read More >

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Medicine Dispensing Exercise Held at Virginia Costco


What comes to mind when you think “community”? Maybe you immediately think of neighbors and friends who live nearby. Or perhaps local businesses, churches, civic organizations and others. What about some of your regular stops around your community such as your pharmacy where you fill your prescriptions or buy over-the-counter medicine?  Read More >

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Frozen Without a Plan: A Mom, 3 Kids, and the Atlanta Ice Storm

3 small children eating in thier PJs

It was 4 p.m. on a Tuesday in January, and Kelly had been on the road for four hours. She was only a few miles from work, but many miles from home. Her rearview mirror showed a backseat full of children – 5-year-old Savannah, and her 9-month-old twins Read More >

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Emergency Response 10 Years After Katrina

Shall That Star-Spangled Banner Yet Wave

In 2005, in the face of one of the largest natural disasters in U.S. history, Dr. Dan Sosin was called upon as a member of the United States Public Health Service to deploy to Louisiana and provide support to the state’s emergency response. Amidst the chaos and devastation from Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Sosin traveled to the state emergency operation center in Baton Rouge  Read More >

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Back to School–Be Prepared!

four children in front of school with bookbags

As school supplies are packed in backpacks, school bus schedules are double-checked, and the finishing touches are put on your kids first day of school outfit, make sure your emergency plans are in place. Did you know that emergency preparedness plays a major role in school life? Throughout the year, schools actively prepare for natural Read More >

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