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Public Health Emergency Officials Are Preparing for Zika Virus

By Anthony Mangeri

Public health agencies are being asked once again to respond to an emerging highly infectious disease, this time Zika virus. Zika is mostly spread through mosquito bites, however, new reports indicate the disease may also be spread through sexual contact and bodily fluids. Learn more about how this virus is spurring a substantial public health response.

It Takes a Community to Be Prepared for Disaster

On June 29, 2012, a derecho brought devastation to many Mid-Atlantic states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, and West Virginia and the District of Columbia. This incident highlighted the need for community preparedness, especially in rural areas. Dr. Shana Nicholson shares the lessons learned by small communities in West Virginia and how public safety agencies and citizens are working hard together so they're better prepared for the next disaster.

A Catalyst for Change in EMS: The Mobile Healthcare Program

Many professionals believe the emergency medical services (EMS) industry has hit an impasse with industry-wide budget cuts, falling wages, and staffing cuts. However, during this difficult time, a new paradigm has emerged: the mobile care program concept. Such a program essentially prevents patients with chronic illness from costly emergency room visits. Learn more about the management and system requirements needed to help mobile care programs become the catalyst for change in EMS.

Emergency Call Centers Bring Stress 24-7

Working in a 911 call center is stressful. The pace is nonstop and it can be overwhelming even for seasoned and resilient emergency dispatchers. Local and state governments have a responsibility to make sure that professional mental healthcare providers are available to serve not only police officers, firefighters and paramedics, but also 911 call takers and emergency dispatchers.