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¡Socorro! Auxílio! Communicating with Vulnerable and Limited English Proficiency Populations during Emergencies

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One in six people living in the United States are Hispanic, making Hispanics the largest racial/ethnic minority population in the U.S. One-third of Hispanics living in the U.S. do not speak proficient English, self-reporting their English speaking ability as less than “very-well,” or not at all, according to the PEW Research Center. This subgroup, Hispanics with limited English proficiency (LEP), face substantial barriers to receiving important healthcare and emergency health medical services.  Read More >

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What Global Polio Eradication could mean for your Health Security

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  Globalization has brought global health right to our door-step. In a world where everything from global trade to international travel is on the rise, the infectious disease threats of one region of the world can easily become public health threats present in your own backyard. Read More >

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Clarity on Cholesterol Management and Why We Need It

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By Jennifer Robinson, MD, MPH In the winter of 2013, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association released new guidelines for treating blood cholesterol. These new guidelines, which I helped draft, moved away from focusing on a patient’s blood cholesterol level and, instead, put a focus on a patient’s risk for atherosclerotic Read More >

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Take the Pledge to Improve your Community’s Preparedness

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Are you and your family prepared to face a disaster? What about your neighborhood?  Do you know your neighbors’ emergency plan or how you can help each other during an emergency? April kicks-off America’s PrepareAthon!—a nationwide campaign to increase emergency preparedness and community resilience.  Throughout the month local, state, and federal groups will take the Read More >

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The Great Thaw: looking back on Boston’s record-breaking winter

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Four winter storms, more than 108 inches of snow, and one record-breaking season later, Boston is ready for spring! Despite the promise of warmer temperatures, the slowly melting snow is a reminder of the emergency response and community resilience that Boston has demonstrated these past few months. Read More >

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An Unsuspected Treat Contaminated with Listeria. How about them Caramel Apples?

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By  Mandip Kaur and Brendan Jackson Oh, how sweet it is to enjoy a caramel apple when autumn sweeps in! Maybe you like yours topped with nuts? Sprinkles? How about chocolate? But who knew that this past fall, certain caramel apples would be contaminated with the dangerous Listeria monocytogenes bacteria (here, Listeria for short), and Read More >

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