Tagged: public health

National Health Security Preparedness Index

One aspect of Homeland Security that is often overlooked is public health.  Since December 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, combined with more than 30 other organizations, has produced an annual index of public health. The National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI) is the result.  NHSPI aims to give...

HHS Launches System to Improve Disaster Preparedness

 Disasters can strike in an instant.  While impossible to prevent, preparation can decrease the amount of suffering and increase the ability to bounce back.  In light of this, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HSS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has launched a new...

Ethics and Ebola: Public Health Planning and Response

In February, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released a report titled, Ethics and Ebola: Public Health Planning and Response. Although the Ebola epidemic in western Africa no longer dominates national news headlines, issues concerning Ebola and its ethical implications remain relevant. This relevancy is based on...

U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

The White House Office of the Press Secretary has released a U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa Fact Sheet. This Fact Sheet concerns the humanitarian crisis in West Africa and the President’s plans to combat the Ebola outbreak. The announcement reassures the American people that, “…[e]very outbreak...