Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
Author: William Drake, Pharm D., NDMS Group Supervisor, Memphis, TN Published Date: 10/7/2021 5:44:00 PM
Category: National Disaster Medical System; Response & Recovery; Hospital Preparedness;
On September 24, 2021, at the request of the state of Tennessee, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services deployed a team of 15 healthcare professionals, including safety and administrative support officers, from the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis in Memphis, TN. The team’s mission: to augment the hospital’s emergency department and provide much needed support to local staff.
On the third day of their deployment, NDMS team members arrived for their shift and were met with a line of 20 ambulances from the street entran Read more…
Author: Strategic National Stockpile, HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Published Date: 9/11/2021 7:46:00 AM
Category: Medical Countermeasures; Response & Recovery;
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, a small group of federal public health staff activated its emergency plan as part of the U.S. government’s immediate response to the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil. Established in 1999, the National Pharmaceutical Stockpile (NPS) was in its infancy when the events of 9/11 unfolded and was quietly housed in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health. It was not until 2003 that the NPS would become the
Strategic Nati Read more…
Author: ASPR Comms Published Date: 8/8/2021 4:30:00 PM
Category: Medical Countermeasures; Hospital Preparedness; Response & Recovery; Public Health Preparedness;
More than 70% of adults in the United States have received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine, and
BARDA has purchased enough doses of COVID-19 vaccines to cover everyone in the United States. At the same time, federal health officials recognize that the pandemic is a global struggle and the SARS-CoV-2 virus doesn’t stop at any of our national borders.
To stop the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. and decrease the chances Read more…
Author: Dana Dudley, MSW and Kayla Siviy, MSW, ASPR Division of Community Mitigation and Recovery. Published Date: 7/29/2021 10:48:00 AM
Category: Response & Recovery;
Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units have faced challenging situations and many dedicated volunteers have performed extraordinary work as they partner with their local communities in
response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The MRC is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. Since the beginning of the pandemic, many MRC units have been faced with, and worked t Read more…
Author: Dr. John Redd – Chief Medical Officer, HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Published Date: 7/6/2021 1:34:00 PM
Category: Medical Countermeasures; Innovations; Hospital Preparedness; Response & Recovery; Public Health Preparedness;
This week, we announced a new tool that can help hospitals, health care facilities, and other potential infusion sites make smart choices to better manage and reduce COVID-19 related patient surge: the COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Therapeutics Calculator (mAbs Calculator).
In some parts of the country, where COVID-19 cases are high and vaccination rates are low, many hospitals continue to face patient surge. Other areas are facing new surges in patients as the Delta variant of the virus spreads in their Read more…
Author: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Published Date: 7/1/2021 3:49:00 PM
Category: Public Health Preparedness; Response & Recovery; National Health Security;
The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by the year 2035 there will be more Americans who are 65 and older than there will be children under the age of 18. As the number of older adults across the country grows, planning to meet the needs of older adults during disasters and emergencies effectively becomes more important than ever. Emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted how older adults can be particularly vulnerable during a disaster or emergency.
Now, the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response is recruiting new members for a natio Read more…
Author: Laura Kwinn Wolf, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Rachel Lehman, Program Analyst, Division of Critical Infrastructure Protection Published Date: 6/4/2021 10:59:00 AM
Category: Hospital Preparedness; Response & Recovery; Public Health Preparedness; Medical Countermeasures;
The Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) community has tirelessly worked to address supply chain challenges presented over the last sixteen months. Healthcare facilities have had to manage supply chains stressed by the COVID-19 pandemic, worker scarcity, backed-up ports, and the 2021 Texas freeze. The next supply chain challenge facing the HPH community is likely to be the 2021 hurricane season.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminis Read more…
Author: Nikki Bratcher-Bowman Published Date: 5/6/2021 10:28:00 AM
Category: National Health Security; Observances; Response & Recovery;
For over a year, public servants from ASPR and across the government have worked tirelessly to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, even as we continue to prepare for, respond to, and recover from other disasters and emergencies. Each and every day, I am honored to work with staff from ASPR and other public servants from across the government as we continue to develop medical countermeasures to address health security t Read more…
Author: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Published Date: 5/3/2021 4:03:00 PM
Category: Medical Countermeasures; Response & Recovery; Public Health Preparedness;
Author: Sandeep Patel, Ph.D., Director, BARDA Division of Research, Innovations and Ventures, Kumiko Lippold, Ph.D., M.P.H., Health Scientist, BARDA Division of Research, Innovations and Ventures Published Date: 4/8/2021 12:32:00 PM
Category: Innovations; Medical Countermeasures; Response & Recovery; Public Health Preparedness;
The creative talent of inventors and entrepreneurs across the entire country is the heartbeat of our economy and our nation’s well-being. At BARDA, we’d like to tap this energy to solve a critical challenge for our country: the design of comfortable, protective facemasks for the general public. Scientific evidence shows that masks can be useful in curbing the spread of respiratory infections, yet we know that actual use is not up to the same standard as intended use. Research shows the most common reasons people don’t wear masks or don’t wear them properly: fit, comfort – i Read more…
Author: Christopher Houchens, Ph.D., Director, Division of CBRN Medical Countermeasures, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Marian Nakada, Ph.D., Vice President, Venture Investments, Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC, Inc.
Published Date: 3/17/2021 1:24:00 PM
Category: Innovations; Response & Recovery;
Launching an innovative product or technology takes more than a good idea, and there are many actions startups can take to strengthen their offering and overall chance of success as they develop the latest innovations to bolster health security, including battling COVID-19. Over the last year, the global scientific community has proven critical to our collective ability to combat the pandemic, and Blue Knight™ offers a new way to build the kinds of partnerships needed to advance potentially life-saving technology during public health emergencies.
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Author: Peter Cassell, ASPR Comms Published Date: 3/16/2021 5:59:00 PM
Category: National Disaster Medical System; Response & Recovery; Public Health Preparedness;
Author: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Published Date: 2/19/2021 6:44:00 PM
Category: Response & Recovery; Medical Countermeasures; National Disaster Medical System;
Joyce Sonday of Tucson, Arizona, loved walking her property and the neighborhood regularly, visiting with family and cooking for her husband, but all of that changed when she contracted COVID-19. She became exhausted and lost her taste and sense of smell. She wasn’t sure what was wrong but her husband experienced the same symptoms. At first she thought they had sinus infections but decided to go to their local clinic where she and her husband tested positive for COVID-19.
Author: Jonathan N. Greene, Deputy Assistant Secretary, HHS/ASPR Office of Operations and Resources Published Date: 2/11/2021 11:23:00 AM
Category: National Disaster Medical System; Response & Recovery;
The dedicated individuals of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) - known for their expertise, their teamwork, and their selfless commitment to saving lives during disasters and emergencies - have worked tirelessly on the front lines of health to fight COVID-19. More than 2,500 NDMS responders have deployed since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 and continue to deploy to support federal, state, local Read more…
Author: Cheryl Levine, ASPR/EMMO Published Date: 12/28/2020 11:23:00 AM
Category: Response & Recovery; Innovations;
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” – Hellen Keller
If you work for a community-based organization (CBO Read more…
Author: Kristen P. Finne, Director, HHS emPOWER Program and Senior Program Analyst, Office of Emergency Management and Medical Operations, HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Published Date: 12/10/2020 10:37:00 AM
Category: Public Health Preparedness; Response & Recovery;
HHS emPOWER Program (emPOWER) has officially launched the
HHS emPOWER Program Platform, a new mobile-ready technical assistance platform that provides public health, health care, and emergency manage Read more…
Author: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Published Date: 11/17/2020 2:03:00 PM
Category: Response & Recovery; Public Health Preparedness; National Health Security; National Disaster Medical System;
As part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, approximately 100 experts from across the country deployed recently as part of the
National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) to provide temporary medical surge support to three hospitals in El Paso, Texas. Although this mission has ended, NDMS responders continue to provide important services in other communities across the country.
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Author: Cheryl Levine, PhD, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and Emmy Nye
Program Specialist, Office of Behavioral Health, Disability, and Aging Policy, HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evlaulation (ASPE)
Published Date: 10/30/2020 3:13:00 PM
Category: Hospital Preparedness; Public Health Preparedness; Response & Recovery;
Care-coordination activities are especially important to reconnect persons with disabilities to their communities when they are discharged after a COVID-19 related hospitalization, isolation, or quarantine. Ensuring that persons with disabilities have meaningful access to community life requires nurses, medical social workers, case managers, and other discharge professionals to overcome additional obstacles presented by the public health emergency including limited staff, support services, and the changing needs of persons with disabilities who are recovering from COVID-19.
Author: Rodney Wallace, BARDA, Detection, Diagnostics, & Devices Infrastructure (DDDI) Division Director Published Date: 10/23/2020 10:13:00 AM
Category: Medical Countermeasures; Response & Recovery;
As the coronavirus pandemic continues around the world, the need for rapid, accurate testing remains critical. Testing leads to the identification of active cases, helps spur more rapid treatment of people who are infected, and allows you and your doctor to take immediate action, such as isolating people who are ill.
COVID-19 is highly contagious, and the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, can be transmitted by people who do not show any symptoms Read more…
Author: HHS/ASPR Division of Critical Infrastructure Protection Published Date: 9/23/2020 4:43:00 PM
Category: Response & Recovery;
An already active wildfire season in the American west was put into overdrive when wildfires spread across large parts of Oregon. This spread caused a significant change in the air quality index (AQI)—in some cases climbing above a 300 AQI value which can cause health problems within communities.
To combat the rapid spread of these dangerous fires, thousands of wildland firefighters and first responders from across the United States have leapt into action to protect communities and Read more…
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