ASPR issues preparedness resources for health care coalitions

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has released several new resources for health care coalitions. The resources include preparedness and response plan templates, a gap analysis tool, pandemic checklist and surge tool training. ASPR will host a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: preparedness

Caregivers Shine a Light in the Darkness

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By Nancy Agee

Once again, our nation has been touched by senseless violence… this time in Charlottesville, VA. While my heart was heavy as I watched the images of the scenes unfolding there this weekend, I was inspired by the way members of the hospital family – and my fellow Virginians – rushed in to... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: preparedness

CDC awards $200 million to fight infectious diseases

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today awarded more than $200 million to help states, cities, counties and territories prevent, detect and respond to infectious diseases. The funds include $77 million to help state health departments fight antibiotic-resistance threats and enhance the CDC’s... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: preparedness, resource use, Zika

Surgeon general, assistant secretary nominees advance in Senate

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The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today approved President’s Trump’s nominees to serve as surgeon general and four assistant secretaries at the Department of Health and Human Services. The nominees are Jerome Adams, M.D., to serve as surgeon general; Brett Giroir, M.D., to serve... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, leadership, preparedness, Mental health, Behavioral health

CDC updates Zika guidance for providers caring for pregnant women

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday issued updated recommendations for health care providers caring for pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure. In the updated guidance, CDC no longer recommends the routine testing of women with possible recent exposure to Zika virus but... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, infant health, preparedness, Zika

President nominates HHS assistant secretary for preparedness

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President Trump this week nominated as assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the Department of Health and Human Services Robert Kadlec, who currently serves as deputy staff director for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Kadlec previously served President George W. Bush as a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: leadership, preparedness

WHO declares end to Ebola outbreak in Congo

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The World Health Organization on Sunday declared the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the eighth in the African nation since the virus was discovered there in 1976. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention commended the country for stopping the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Ebola, preparedness

CDC reports increase in U.S. counties with mosquitoes that can spread Zika

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today reported an increase last year in the number of U.S. counties with evidence of the Aedes mosquitoes that can spread chikungunya, dengue and Zika viruses. The 2016 data added Aedes aegypti collection records from 38 new counties and Aedes albopictus... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: preparedness, prevention, Zika

Hearing examines public health response to Zika virus

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee today held a subcommittee hearing on the U.S. public health response to Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that can cause birth defects in infants born to women infected during pregnancy. About 94% of the more than 5,200 Zika cases reported in the continental U.S. since... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, infant health, preparedness, prevention, Zika

AHA voices support for Good Samaritan Health Professional Act

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The AHA today expressed support for the Good Samaritan Health Professional Act (H.R. 1876), legislation that would extend liability standards under the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 to licensed health professionals who volunteer in another state during a disaster. “This legislation is a positive step... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Emergency Preparedness, disaster readiness, nurses, preparedness

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