Noteworthy News Archive
A Mudslide Devastates a Washington Community.
In March, a massive mudslide occurred 55 miles north of Seattle. The Washington Post details how the search and rescue efforts are transitioning to recovery.
Department of Health and Human Services Proposes New Requirements for Health Care Facility Emergency Planning.
To ensure that patients are taken care of during disasters, the Department of Health and Human Services has proposed new requirements for health care facilities. The types of facilities that would be impacted include large hospital chains, nursing homes, and rural health clinics. For more information, read a recent article in the New York Times.
Furloughed CDC experts on foodborne illnesses called back to work during the government shutdown.
Nearly a dozen CDC data analysts and epidemiologists returned to work during the shutdown to investigate a salmonella outbreak which has sickened hundreds of people. The high number of hospitalizations associated with the outbreak contributed to CDC’s decision to call back the furloughed workers. For more information, read a recent article in the Washington Post.
The government reopens and the debt ceiling is raised.
A deal is agreed to in Washington and federal workers return to work. The Hill’s Floor Action Blog provides details.
Medical Intelligence Center’s Critical Role in Bombing Response
Superb coordination took place between hospitals and the public health system in Boston in the immediate aftermath of the marathon bombing. The Boston Globe published an article highlighting the infrastructure behind that coordination, the Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center. The center, celebrating its fifth anniversary, is managed by the city’s Office of Public Health Preparedness. After the bombing occurred, the Medical Intelligence Center became the central coordination point for the medical response and communication with hospitals and the public. During the first days following the bombing, representatives from nearly every public health entity helping victims worked together at the Center.
West Nile Virus Outbreaks Expected to Flare up in Coming Years
A recent article by The Washington Post highlights two West Nile virus studies, which indicate there may be a resurgence of West Nile outbreaks in coming years. The article noted that during 2012 a total of 5,674 cases and 286 deaths occurred, which is almost twice the mortality rate seen in 2003. The article emphasizes that West Nile virus outbreaks will likely flare up due to warmer and longer mosquito seasons that are exacerbated by the cuts in disease-control funding around the country, leaving states and localities unprepared.
Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act
President Obama signed the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act into law on March 13, 2013. For more details, read HHS Assistant Secretary Nicole Lurie’s statement
CDC’s FY14 Budget
The White House released the President’s budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. CDC’s FY 2014 budget request of $1.334 billion for public heath preparedness and response is an overall decrease of $47.5 million below the FY 12 level.
This includes: a decrease of $8.219 million for state and local public health preparedness and response capability; a decrease of $1.09 million for CDC preparedness and response capability; and a decrease of $38.19 million for the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). FY14 marks the implementation of the Working Capital Fund (WCF) to promote cost control and efficiency within programs and service provider operations.
Research as a Part of Public Health Emergency Response
A New England Journal of Medicine article authored in part by Nicole Lurie, ASPR; Francis Collins, NIH; Thomas Frieden, CDC highlights “Research as a Part of Public Health Emergency Response”. The article highlights lessons learned from several public health threats over the past decade - H1N1, the earthquake in Haiti, Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and Fukushima. The article, also, highlights the research that is being done between responses to make certain that the nation is better prepared for the next emerging threat.
Disastrous Spending: Federal Disaster-Relief Expenditures Rise amid More Extreme Weather
The Center for American Progress (CAP), an independent nonpartisan institute, released a report tabulating the disaster relief expenditures of the U.S. federal government over the past two years.
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