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Looking Back: A Local Emergency Response to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake

Destroyed homes and rubble in Haiti after the 2010 Earthquake

On a cold January night in an icy church in Boston, I stood amongst more than a hundred Haitian community members feeling a strange proximity to the tragic earthquake that struck earlier that day in a hot distant island about which I knew little at the time. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti occurred when I was exploring the field of public health and working in the Commissioner’s Office at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). Read More >

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Keeping Cool Under Pressure: NYC Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak, Summer 2015

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In the summertime when the weather is hot, having air conditioning to help keep you cool can be a sweet relief. Have you ever felt a fine mist when walking past large buildings in the heat of the summer? That mist may have been water droplets from rooftop cooling towers that keep large air conditioning systems―like those found in hotels―running efficiently, even when temperatures are soaring outside. When these cooling towers are not properly maintained, they can become a home for Legionella bacteria Read More >

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Connecting Neighbors through Social Media

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Online communication and social networks are changing the way that people communicate. Today people are able to relay messages to those around them and those across the world neatly instantly. This instant communication is playing a critical role in emergency communication. Read More >

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

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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

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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

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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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