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Public health emergency preparedness as a discipline is only about 15 years old, give or take a couple of years. We asked two public health preparedness veterans—Jacqueline Scott from Michigan and Tim Wiedrich from North Dakota—to describe how the job evolved over the years.Read More »

Maryland Fights Health Disparities Using Health Enterprise Zones

February 26, 2015|3:17 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Maryland ranks as the state with the highest median household income, has several medical schools, and has the fifth lowest smoking rate. However, health disparities have persisted in the state, so Maryland launched the Health Enterprise Zones Initiative. Read More »

Younger Women Often Delay Seeking Emergency Care for Heart Attack Symptoms

February 25, 2015|5:49 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

A recent article by NPR explores reasons why women ages 30 to 55 often delay seeking immediate help, even if they do suspect they are experiencing a heart attack. Read More »

North Dakota Launches Suicide Prevention Education Programs

February 20, 2015|1:21 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

The North Dakota Department of Health is expanding its community education programs to educate citizens on how to recognize the warning signs of suicide. Read More »

Deadly 'Superbug' Bacteria Identified at UCLA Health System

February 19, 2015|1:43 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

The UCLA Health System has notified more than 100 patients that they may have been exposed to a potentially deadly bacterial “superbug” during endoscopic procedures that took place between October 2014 and January 2015. Read More »

Plain Cigarette Packaging May Reduce Smoking Rates

February 18, 2015|2:48 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Growing evidence shows that plain tobacco product packaging may deter non-smokers from taking up the habit and limit the number of cigarettes current smokers use. Read More »