PUBLIC HEALTH ARCHIVES

Shielding Communities: Public Health Strategies for Natural Hazards

Public health risks are common concerns when natural hazards occur However history shows that the increasing frequency of events and growing population sizes have been increasing the scale of events and the needs of affected populations To mitigate complex public health challenges personnel across disciplines must plan coordinate and develop

Sustaining Those Working in Disasters

Those working in emergency response roles can face periods of prolonged stress which takes a toll on their health and well being It is important to know how to support them before during and after emergencies and disasters By taking a hazards approach leaders and their teams will be better

The Missing Plague Vials

A true story of missing bubonic plague vials an airport bomb threat and other suspicious activities again demonstrate continued national and homeland security vulnerabilities and threats Perspectives may differ but the concerns are real and provide an opportunity to learn and prepare

Primary Care Investments to Increase Community Resilience

Community health centers are medical lifelines for millions of Americans However financial constraints and healthcare workforce challenges strain these critical resources New initiatives and additional investments can help communities be more resilient and continue to meet community needs during a crisis

Mental Awareness to Enhance Preparedness

Emergency managers public health officials and first responders often stress the importance of physical fitness but what about mental fitness Without focused mental agility in even one of the emergency management phases mistakes or subpar performance are likely Learn about this author s new acronym that can help prioritize mental

The “R” Word

Resilience has multiple meanings for public health emergency and homeland security management professionals However the objective of building resilience should go beyond hazard mitigation With 2024 being FEMA s Year of Resilience it is a good time for professionals to start rethinking this concept

Dungeons and Disasters: Gamification of Public Health Responses

New technologies offer new ways to train personnel and exercise public health responses like COVID 19 and prepare response agencies for many other threats and hazards Gamification integrates realistic scenarios in a controlled environment that can enhance community capabilities and build interagency collaboration and coordination Learn more about this training

Protecting Infrastructure – Cyber, Physical, and EMP Attacks

Imagine 3 500 spiders each with their own style getting together to create a giant web That s how this author describes the U S power grid and the complexities related to protecting the nation s critical infrastructure from cyber physical and electromagnetic pulse attacks

Emerging Technologies, Part 5 – Legal and Privacy Concerns

This is Part 5 of a five part series on emerging technologies that can enhance the management of and response to future emergencies and disasters This part focuses on the legal and privacy concerns with emerging technologies

Emerging Technologies, Part 4 – Robotics and Automation

This is Part 4 of a five part series on emerging technologies that can enhance the management of and response to future emergencies and disasters This part focuses on robotics and automation for enhancing efficiency safety and effectiveness in crisis response and mitigation

Healthcare and Public Health Sector Perspectives

According to the U S Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services National Health Expenditures NHE accounted for $4 3 trillion or 18 3 of the U S gross domestic product Find out how the Healthcare and Public Health Sector s interdependencies can affect any community

Emerging Technologies, Part 3 – AI and Machine Learning

In Part 3 of a five part series on emerging technologies the author focuses on the roles of artificial intelligence and machine learning in responding to emergencies These transformative technologies are revolutionizing emergency management humanitarian relief and disaster response

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