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Kentucky Takes a Novel Approach to Fight the Opioid Crisis

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The opioid overdose epidemic is a public health emergency. The state of Kentucky has the third highest rate of drug overdose in the country. The FindHelpNowKY.org website bridges a gap between Kentucky residents and timely access to substance use treatment facilities and services. It provides near real-time available openings at local area substance use disorder Read More >

Posted on by Terry Bunn, Director, Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center at the University of Kentucky, College of Public Health2 CommentsTags , , , , , , , , ,

Arizona’s ERIC Program Works to Improve Access to Emergency Information

Vicki Bond is not surprised at how hot, but at how cold the temperatures can get out on a wildfire. “I’ve worked on responses to more wildfires in freezing temperatures than in extreme heat,” she says. Coincidentally, making sure people aren’t left out in the cold in an emergency is why she has so much Read More >

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Preventing Prescription Opioid Overdoses in New York State

A pile of prescription medicine bottles.

Like many states, New York is suffering from the consequences of the opioid overdose epidemic. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of overdoses due to both prescription and illicit drug use in recent years. Overdoses are killing people of all races and ages. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is Read More >

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10 Health Literacy Tips for Reporting Data

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We live in a complex world. Just as humans have left an impact on the environment, the environment also leaves an impact on us. Being exposed to certain physical and social environmental factors, like chemicals in the water, secondhand smoke, or poverty, can affect our health. Understanding oral health data in Minnesota The Minnesota Department Read More >

Posted on by Genelle R. S. Lamont, Ph.D., MPH, Oral Health Surveillance Coordinator, Oral Health Program, Center for Health Promotion, Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease, Minnesota Department of Health3 CommentsTags , ,

Using Trauma-Informed Care to Guide Emergency Preparedness and Response

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Exposure to a traumatic event or set of circumstances can negatively affect a person’s mental, physical, social, emotional or spiritual well-being for a long time after the initial incident. We know that not all individuals respond to trauma in the same way and we know that individuals with a history of trauma, especially childhood trauma, Read More >

Posted on by Amy Wolkin, DrPH, Vulnerable Population Officer, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, CDC; and Anita Everett, MD, Chief Medical Officer, SAMSHA4 CommentsTags , , , ,

5 Communication Lessons Learned from Hurricane Maria

  When Category 4 Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, CDC assembled a team of experienced communicators who were flexible, bilingual, and culturally sensitive communicators. This group of experts prepared to deploy to Puerto Rico on short notice to support the communication needs of the Puerto Rico Health Department. I was asked to lead Read More >

Posted on by Ashley Andujar, MHSA, Health Communication Specialist, Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases1 CommentTags , , , ,
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