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Category: Observances

The EMS Evolution to Improve Prehospital Care

Author: Edward J. Gabriel, MPA, EMT-P, CEM, CBCP Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
Published Date: 5/19/2017 4:04:00 PM
Category: Public Health Preparedness; Observances;

As a career-long paramedic and certified emergency manager, I’m very excited about the trends I see in EMS. This is a dynamic field. Over the last 50 years, the U.S. has made incredible progress in Emergency Medical Services – better known by the acronym EMS. EMS professionals built a strong system that’s always in service, available 24/7 in nearly every community across the country…and help is just a 3-digit call away. EMS professionals have driven dramatic changes in technology and prehospital medicine, professional education and the way emergency medical services are managed to   Read more…

Success Starts with STEM: Diversity in Education & Leadership Development

Author: ASPR/OPP Division of Policy and Strategic Planning
Published Date: 2/24/2017 10:42:00 AM
Category: National Health Security; Public Health Preparedness; Observances;

Students who focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) aren’t just starting a great career path – they are also strengthening the future of national health security. Studying STEM subjects provides a foundation for community health resilience and disaster preparedness skills. But according to the U.S. Department of Education, African-American students are underrepresented in STEM programs, with African-American students obtaining just 7.6 percent of   Read more…

The Medical Reserve Corps Celebrates 15 Years of Service and Meeting Community Needs

Author: Dagayla Burks, Communications Specialist, Medical Reserve Corps Program
Published Date: 1/12/2017 1:32:00 PM
Category: Observances; Public Health Preparedness;

This year, the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) will celebrate 15 years of serving local community needs, and it’s exciting to be able to reflect on the program’s growth. The MRC was created to engage volunteers to strengthen public health and community resilience following the 2002 presidential State of the Union Address that called on Americans to volunteer in support of their country.

What started with just 42 community-based units that first year, the MRC is now almost 1,000 units strong with more than 200,000 volunteers — from youth to retirees — with medical, public h  Read more…

EMS Week 2016: Honoring those who Help Protect Health and Keep our Health Care System Strong

Author: Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response & Edward J. Gabriel, MPA, EMT-P, CEM, CBCP, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
Published Date: 5/17/2016 4:30:00 PM
Category: Observances; Public Health Preparedness; Response & Recovery;

This week, May 15-21, 2016, we celebrate our Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) would like to take a moment to personally thank all EMS professionals for the essential role they play in protecting the health of our nation each and every day.

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Accidental Death and Disability: The Neglected Disease of Modern Society, the seminal work regarded by many as the catalyst for the development of modern day emergency medical serv  Read more…

The link between our planet’s health and our own wellbeing

Author: Shulamit Schweitzer, MHS, Senior Management Analyst, GAP Solutions Inc. contractor supporting the Division for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Community Resilience (ABC), Office of Policy and Planning (OPP), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR); Daniel Dodgen, PhD, Director, Division for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Community Resilience (ABC), Office of Policy and Planning (OPP), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR); and Darrin Donato, Senior Policy Analyst, Division for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Community Resilience (ABC), Office of Policy and Planning (OPP), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
Published Date: 4/22/2016 12:45:00 PM
Category: Response & Recovery; Public Health Preparedness; Observances;

Earth day is a day to celebrate our amazing planet and to take time to pay attention to its inhabitants’ health and wellbeing. On April 4, 2016 the White House released its findings on the intersection of environment and human health in its new report, The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment.  Many people already knew that climate change brings with it increased sea level rise, extreme weather events, vector-borne illness, extreme temperatures and more. 

But did you  Read more…

Volunteering in tough conditions to protect health today and promote disaster preparedness for tomorrow

Author: Bobbie MacKenzie State MRC Volunteer Coordinator New Mexico Department of Health
Published Date: 3/11/2016 1:27:00 PM
Category: Observances; Exercises & Trainings;

The Annual Bataan Memorial Death March is tough. The 26.2 mile march through hot, rugged terrain lasts for 14 hours. Hundreds or even thousands of the 5,800 marchers are likely to need medical attention during the march – making this a “planned mass casualty” event. The New Mexico Medical Reserve Corps is an important part of the team that gets participants the help they need.

For the past five years the New Mexico Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) has worked with other volunteer disaster teams and the military to provide medical care during the Bataan Memorial Death March. As  Read more…

What the Paris attacks can teach us about resilience

Author: Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH
Published Date: 11/20/2015 2:56:00 PM
Category: Public Health Preparedness; Response & Recovery; Observances;

Like so many people around the world, I have family, friends, and colleagues in Paris, and like others around the world, my first thought when I heard of the terrorist attack last Friday was whether the people I knew were safe. While I was relieved that they were, my heart went out to the hundreds of people who lost loved ones. As Paris and the world mourn the senseless loss of life in the attack, Parisians and visitors to the great city are moving to recover quickly and, in doing so, are showcasing for the world what it means to be resilient.

As I learned about the attack   Read more…

Thoughts for New EMTs

Author: Kevin Horahan, Senior Policy Analyst, Division of Health System Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Published Date: 5/18/2015 10:23:00 AM
Category: Observances; Public Health Preparedness;

Emergency Medical Services Week is a great time for us to step back and celebrate the EMS providers who risk their own lives and health to protect the well-being of others.

Kevin Horahan, a paramedic and Senior Policy Analyst with the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, shares his thoughts on the ways that EMS professionals serve during disasters and everyday, including ways that they can better help people in chaotic situations when every second counts.

From Healthcare Clinics to Ebola Treatment Centers: Nurses Protect Health & Provide Comfort

Author: on behalf of ASPR Nurses
Published Date: 5/6/2015 9:37:00 AM
Category: Observances; Response & Recovery;

During any ordinary day, nurses triage and treat patients, navigate medical bureaucracy and help explain complicated medical issues in terms patients can understand. They manage any number of crises, often simultaneously. Often these incredibly busy people are the ones providing comfort, too. They listen to patients and families who are scared, worried, in pain, or sometimes just grumpy. They touch people’s lives.

Importance of Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Disaster Preparedness and Response

Author: Sulava Gautam, MPP and Yancy Padilla, Social Work Graduate Intern, Division for At Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Community Resilience, HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.
Published Date: 4/27/2015 9:19:00 AM
Category: Public Health Preparedness; Hospital Preparedness; Observances;

This year’s National Minority Health Month provides a unique opportunity to reflect on our work in raising awareness and addressing the health care disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities. While significant progress has been made towards advancing health equity in the last 30 years, as a nation, we still have a long way to go.

Research continuously demonstrates that minority populations are disproportionately impacted by disasters. Language barriers and cultural differences within communiti  Read more…

Red Cross provides comfort and care in disasters – and you can too

Author: Gurleen Kaur, University of Maryland Intern, Office of Policy and Planning, Division of Policy and Strategic Planning, HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
Published Date: 3/27/2015 2:08:00 PM
Category: Observances;

Red Cross prepares every day so that they can – and do – provide comfort, help keep people healthy, and save lives when disaster strikes. Over the course of a year, Red Cross responds to about 70,000 disasters, gets blood donations from nearly 4 million people, and trains over 9 million people health and safety courses, such as CPR and first aid. Red Cross’s healing presence is felt throughout disasters - from the bystander who knows enough to apply pressure to the wound to the doctor who has the blood needed to treat an injured patient to the family who gets the shelter and mayb  Read more…

Creating Healthier Communities through Service

Author: Dagayla Burks, MSHCA, Program Associate, Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps, HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
Published Date: 1/16/2015 10:38:00 AM
Category: Observances;

“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve....You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. And you can be that servant.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each time that individuals unite to help others, a step is taken to make Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream for a better world come true. Volunteer service is a great way to serve our communities and help make that dream a reality.

Millions of people throughout the country will participate in Dr. Kin  Read more…

A Season of Giving

Author: Grace M. Middleton, Communications Team Lead, Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps
Published Date: 12/22/2014 4:56:00 PM
Category: Observances; Public Health Preparedness;

As we are in the throes of the season of giving, we consider all the ways we can contribute – to our families, places of work, and communities. We reflect on the past year and look ahead to a new beginning. It is the time to consider ways to improve and grow in the future. One way that we can do that is through service. This year, we saw struggles with natural and public health events, including the Oso Mudslide and Ebola. In the midst of crises, there are those who step u  Read more…

Dedicated to the people who are dedicated to life

Author: Greg Margolis and Kevin Horahan, Division of Health System Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Published Date: 5/16/2014 1:46:00 PM
Category: Public Health Preparedness; Observances; National Health Security;

Author: Greg Margolis and Kevin Horahan, Division of Health System Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

EMS practitioners work hard to protect health and save lives. No matter the time or place, emergency medical services (EMS) practitioners - paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) - come when called because th  Read more…

Working Together to Better Serve Children in Disasters

Author: Emergency Medical Services for Children, Health Resources and Services Administration
Published Date: 5/9/2014 10:40:00 AM
Category: Observances; Public Health Preparedness;

Author: Emergency Medical Services for Children, Health Resources and Services Administration

Spreading the Word about National Emergency Medical Services for Children Day

Everybody responds differently in a disaster – physically, emotionally and psychologically. But children require some special care. That’s why healthcare professionals, EMS and trauma system planners need to learn about   Read more…

Prepared to Serve: Medical Reserve Corps

Author: CAPT Robert J. Tosatto, Director, Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps
Published Date: 1/18/2014 2:13:00 PM
Category: Observances; Public Health Preparedness;

Author: CAPT Robert J. Tosatto, Director, Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps

On the third Monday of January, we honor the legacy, heroism, and patriotism of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the MLK Day of Service. On this day, we pause to honor what he gave to his country through his words and actions. Now, we also pause and come together to give of our  Read more…

Be Prepared in 2014: Make Preparedness Part of Your New Year

Author: Darryl J. Madden, Director, Ready Campaign
Published Date: 12/25/2013 10:21:00 PM
Category: Observances; Public Health Preparedness;

Author: Darryl J. Madden, Director, Ready Campaign

For many, the New Year is a time for setting goals and making new resolutions for the year to come. If you are anything like me, each year you find yourself resolving to achieve a healthier lifestyle - eating right, exercising more, losing a few pounds.

Setting personal health goals in the Read more…

This Holiday Season, Give the Unexpected

Author: Ashley Small, Public Affairs Specialist,Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
Published Date: 12/20/2013 9:09:00 AM
Category: Public Health Preparedness; Observances;

Author: Ashley Small, Public Affairs Specialist,Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

The holidays can be a busy time. Between work, school, holiday events with family and friends, and shopping for that perfect gift; there is little room to focus on emergency preparedness. For many, this is a season of holiday preparedness - but not necessarily emergency preparedness.

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Helping our Communities through Service

Author: Ashley Small, Public Affairs Specialist,Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
Published Date: 11/8/2013 1:45:00 PM
Category: Observances; Public Health Preparedness;

Author: Ashley Small, Public Affairs Specialist,Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

This Veteran’s Day, as we honor all the brave men and women who have served our nation, let’s take time to look at how we can serve our communities and help one another. 

 

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Safer, Smarter Solutions for Older Americans

Author: Natalie N Grant, MPH , Health & Social Services Recovery Support Function Field Coordinator ,Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
Published Date: 10/29/2013 10:21:00 AM
Category: Response & Recovery; Observances;

Improving Sheltering Options for the Elderly and Patient Tracking in Nursing Homes

Author: Natalie N Grant, MPH , Health & Social Services Recovery Support Function Field Coordinator ,Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many responders, planners and individuals wondered how we could best take care of vulnerable populations, like the elderly, as  Read more…

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