Public Health Matters Blog Posts

Making Emergency Plans Inclusive

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June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Pride Month. This post was written in collaboration with the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center. LGBTQIA+ communities must prepare for—and are affected by—emergencies, including natural disasters and disease outbreaks. Unlike some, LGBTQIA+ communities often face barriers, such as discrimination and harassment, that can make it difficult Read More >

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Prep Your Health to Evacuate

A line of vehicles parked along the side of the road. A wildfire burns in the distance.

June is a busy time of year for emergency preparedness and response. June marks the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. It’s also wildfire season. Hurricanes and wildfires are common causes of evacuations. Both are happening more often and with greater intensity.(1) Annual increases in the number of strong hurricanes and large wildfires likely mean Read More >

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Building Trauma-Informed Communities

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Many people will experience a traumatic event at some point in their lives. Often unexpected and shocking, it may overwhelm their ability to cope and create a lasting sense of fear, vulnerability, and helplessness. Traumatic events are scary or dangerous experiences that can affect people emotionally and physically. They include acts of violence (e.g., assault, Read More >

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Emergency Medical Services: More Than a Ride to the Hospital

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This post was written in collaboration with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of EMS in observance of National Emergency Medical Services Week, May 15-22. For many of us, the image we have of first responders comes mostly from television and movies. We picture ambulances with sirens wailing and lights flashing en route to Read More >

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Protecting Children Where They Learn, Play During Disaster Recovery

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Emergencies, including natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes, can happen at any time. They can have lasting impacts on communities. Places that were once safe might become unsafe. Homes, businesses, childcare facilities, schools, and other buildings can be damaged or destroyed. After the initial response, communities begin a long recovery process. Buildings are rebuilt, infrastructure Read More >

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Self-Serve Food Pantries Help Feed Local Communities

Five teenagers stand beside a freestanding wooden container filled with food. A label on the box says "TLC little free pantry"

This student-authored post is published by CPR in partnership with Medill News Service and the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions of CPR or CDC. Summer Faerman was on Read More >

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