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Preparing for the Worst-case Scenario

"ROTTERDAM, HOLLAND - SEPTEMBER 5, 2010: Demonstration of handling of car crash victim by medics at the annual World Harbor Days in Rotterdam, Holland on September 5"

Setting the Stage Imagine this: Explosions across New York City target elementary schools. Hundreds of severely injured and traumatized children, teachers, and parents flood hospital emergency departments in the five boroughs. Municipal emergency medical services (EMS) are rushing to respond. Fortunately this scenario wasn’t really happening – it was part of an exercise conducted on Read More >

Posted on by Celia Quinn, MD, MPH, CDC Career Epidemiology Field Officer assigned to NYC Department of Health and Mental HygieneLeave a commentTags , , , , , , , , , , ,

Empowering Kids to Make Their Families Safer

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After graduating from college I moved to Anchorage, Alaska for a year of post-graduate service through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps NW and AmeriCorps. I served as the Preparedness and Casework Specialist for the American Red Cross of Alaska. Though often overlooked, Alaska is the largest state in the country (more than twice as big as Read More >

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Beat the Heat at DragonCon

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DragonCon is a convention that combines science fiction and fantasy, with gaming, comics, and entertainment for the largest multi-genre event in the world. In 2016, an estimated 77,000 people from around the world attended this annual event that is held every Labor Day weekend in downtown Atlanta. “This is a bad idea,” she said. “No, Read More >

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Preparing for College Life: A Healthy Guide

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Zoey Brown joined the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response during this past summer to help with a data analysis project. She saw a number of CDC programs and activities, and authored the following post to the Public Health Matters blog. The views expressed are her own, and do not necessarily represent those of Read More >

Posted on by Zoey Brown, David J. Sencer CDC Museum Intern, The Walker School3 CommentsTags , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Safety Tips Every Contact Lens Wearer Should Know

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Are you one of the 45 million people in the United States who wear contact lenses to correct your vision? Eye infections related to improper contact lens wear and care are serious and can lead to long-lasting damage, but they are often preventable. This year, in observance of Contact Lens Health Week, you can learn Read More >

Posted on by Jennifer Cope, MD, MPH, Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental DiseasesLeave a commentTags , , , , , , ,

Predicting Community Resilience and Recovery After a Disaster

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After 9/11, I was asked by the Baltimore City Health Commissioner to help prepare the city for a radiation terrorism event, because my entire career up until that point had been in radiation-based medical imaging. I didn’t know anything about public health preparedness at the time, but I found it very fulfilling to work with Read More >

Posted on by Jon Links, Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health4 CommentsTags , , , , , , , ,
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