From Shadows to Light: Addressing the Aftermath of Human Trafficking

woman sitting in dark room by windowThe deadly opioid epidemic in the United States does not stop at overdoses. It also poses life-threatening exposure to first responders who arrive on scene. Learn about the new ways scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are expanding detection strategies and technologies to keep these responders safe.

A Modern Take on an Age-Old Biological Weapon

Two scientists in blue PPE gown and yellow gloves crouched while taking samplesReports about North Korea launching balloons filled with fecal matter and propaganda into South Korean territory were intriguing. However, this incident raises public health concerns and the question of whether fecal matter could be utilized in modern times as an effective biological weapon.

Shielding Communities: Public Health Strategies for Natural Hazards

Person wearing glasses, white protective suit, blue gloves, and respirator, holding up thumb in a room with mold on the walls.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 response strategies that build a mutual understanding of the risks and hazards communities face during these events.

Preparing for the Next Public Health Emergency

Public health is not just about pandemics but also about a wide range of threats that can affect the health and well-being of communities. In this April edition of the Domestic Preparedness Journal, practitioners share ways to prepare for the next public health emergency.

Primary Care Investments to Increase Community Resilience

Surgical mask, stethoscope, syringe and four specimen vialsCommunity 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.

The “R” Word

A dark tunnel of question marks with a bright city skyline in the centerResilience 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.

Are Public Health Agencies Ready, or Just Prepared?

Is it time to retire the term public health preparedness and replace it with public health readiness? When building emergency planning efforts and response capabilities, jurisdictions and local health entities must reconfigure existing plans with the readiness factor in mind.
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