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Pandemic flu and seasonal flu, what’s the difference?

Zebib Gebretensae

March 22, 2019

 

March 22, 2019 - As winter is drawing to a close, we are also coming out of peak seasonal flu season. The influenza virus is one o... (more)


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The Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Program: Lessons Learned and Looking Ahead

Beverly Whittet, RN, CDN, CPHQ

March 4, 2019

March is National Kidney Month, and we are pleased to share a guest blog from KCER, the Kidney Community Emergency Response Program, to cel... (more)


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Cost versus Risk – Interpreting 2018’s Billion-Dollar Disasters and Planning for the Future

Courtney Romolt

February 25, 2019

2018’s disasters cost the United States billions of dollars and, more importantly, hundreds of lives. Is this part of a pattern, and w... (more)


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Weathering January 2019's Freezing Finale

Courtney Romolt

January 29, 2019

January 29, 2019 - The coldest arctic outbreak in twenty years is spreading over the Midwest this week and bringing bitter, dangerously cold tem... (more)


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Chairman’s New Year’s Greeting

Bruce Altevogt, PhD

January 7, 2019

January 7, 2019 - 2018 was a year of milestones and accomplishments for Healthcare Ready. From hurricanes to wildfires and disease outbreaks, we... (more)


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Reflecting on 2018, and looking ahead to 2019

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

December 19, 2018

December 19 – 2018 was a transformational year for Healthcare Ready. As we reflect on our work in the past 12 years of our history, we rem... (more)


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Equity and Resilience in Charm City

Kinaya Hardie

December 4, 2018

December 4, 2018 - As the year comes to a close, I’m reflecting on the past summer and one of the initiatives Healthcare Ready supporte... (more)


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Another Year of Disaster Responses – What We’ve Accomplished and How You Can Help

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

November 27, 2018

November 27 – 2018 has been another year of record-breaking disasters, including the (more)


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Choosing a Charity This Giving Tuesday

Humanity Road, Healthcare Ready, and the American Logistics Aid Network

November 21, 2018

This blog was originally published by (more)


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Donating to Make a Difference

Sarah Baker, MPP

November 20, 2018

November 20, 2018 - As we enter the holiday season, we reflect upon another record-breaking year for disaster relief and emergency management. M... (more)


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After Disasters, Financial Donations Are the Lifeblood of Relief Organizations

Sarah Baker, MPP

November 19, 2018

November 19, 2018 - After a disaster, many of us want to help. Not all help after a disaster is equal, though, particularly when it comes to ... (more)


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For Driving Flu Vaccination Rates, We Need to Continue to Stay on Message

Sarah Baker, MPP

November 9, 2018

November 9, 2018 - While flu season is often characterized as ‘predictably unpredictable,’ one of the most common questions leadi... (more)


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Hurricane Michael: An Activation in Progress

Kinaya Hardie

October 19, 2018

October 19, 2018 - Hurricane (more)


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Emergency Prescription Assistance Program Activation - Hurricane Michael

Adrienne Baez

October 18, 2018

October 18, 2018 - The Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP) has been activated in response to Hurricane Michael in s... (more)


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How a Landfalling Michael Is Once Again Testing our Resilience and Response Capabilities

Courtney Romolt

October 11, 2018

October 11, 2018 - Less than a month since Hurricane Florence struck the Carolinas and brought (more)


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National Preparedness Month: Maintaining the Medical Supply Chain Amid Natural Disasters

Erin Horvath

September 20, 2018

September 20, 2018 - Every day, health care providers, such as hospitals and pharmacies, receive shipments of critical medications and p... (more)


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One Year Later – Reflections on the 2017 Hurricane Season

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

September 15, 2018

September 15, 2018 - Just over a year ago, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria devastated parts of the US. In doing so, these storms taught th... (more)


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Hurricane Season 2018: Tunnel Vision Is Not an Option

Kinaya Hardie

September 11, 2018

September 11, 2018 - Fresh on the heels of our activation for Hawai’i for the impact... (more)


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Hurricanes Harvey and Lane – One Year, Two Storms, and Important Lessons

Sarah Baker, MPP

August 27, 2018

August 27th, 2018 – This past Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the day (more)


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Ready, Set, Prep! for Hurricane Lane

Adrienne Baez

August 22, 2018

August 22, 2018 – For the first time in 2... (more)


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The Public Health Impacts of Wildfires

Anthony Falzarano

August 21, 2018

August 21, 2018 - With nearly 1 ... (more)


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Legislating Preparedness: Reauthorizing a Critical Law to Protect America from 21st Century Health Threats

Courtney Romolt

August 9, 2018

August 9, 2018 - When it comes to public health preparedness, legislation can be just as important as medication – and we need not look fu... (more)


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Is America Ready? - The Personal Perspective

Adrienne Baez

July 3, 2018

July 2, 2018- In May we released our preliminary findings from our third annual domestic poll, which asked Americans about their con... (more)


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Predictions and Preparedness – How Much Stock Should We Put in Preseason Hurricane Forecasts?

Courtney Romolt

June 5, 2018

June 5, 2018 - June 1 marked the official start to the (more)


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A New, and Important, Part of Our Work: Cybersecurity

Sarah Baker, MPP

May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018 - A growing number of reports list healthcare as the most targeted industry for cyberattacks. The reasons for this are many. Health... (more)


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An Afternoon with ASPR Discussing Health Security Priorities

Anthony Falzarano

May 7, 2018

A version of this post originally appeared in The Pandora Report. View it (more)


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Let’s Avoid a Global Pandemic: It’s Time to Reconsider Our Approach to Flu

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

April 23, 2018

This blog originally appeared in UPTOWN Magazine. For original post, (more)


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The Value of Minority Health Month

Josef Burkart

April 11, 2018

The theme of this year’s National Minority Health Month is “Partnering for Heal... (more)


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Where the World Connects for Health – Reflections on HIMSS 2018

Sarah Baker, MPP

March 14, 2018

The theme for the annual HIMSS conference and exhibition this year, “Where the World Connects for Health,” could not have been mo... (more)


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Puerto Rico’s Recovery: Five Things You Need to Know

Brooks Nelson

February 21, 2018

This blog originally appeared on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation blog. For original post, (more)


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The Current State of Recovery in Puerto Rico

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

January 29, 2018

While daily updates and headlines about Hurricane Maria’s impact on Puerto Rico have mostly faded, the ongoing challenges affecting rec... (more)


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NHIT Care Campaign Accelerates and Expands Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Capacity to Deliver Population Health in the Wake of Hurricane Maria

Luis Belén

January 22, 2018

The NHIT Care Campaign addresses the urgent need for power, medical supplies, communications, and telemedicine support to conduct emergen... (more)


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Reflecting on 2017, Ready for 2018

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

January 1, 2018

2017 was one of milestones for Healthcare Ready. An unprecedented hurricane season led to our longest activation. We responded to our first cybe... (more)


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10 Years of Safeguarding and Securing Healthcare

Mary Casey-Lockyer

December 19, 2017

Mary Casey-Lockyer is the Senior Associate for Disaster Health Services at the national headquarters of the American Red Cross and has se... (more)


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Hurricanes on the Hill: Our Meetings with Policymakers

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

December 19, 2017

Few policymakers deny that healthcare is important during emergencies and disasters, but it’s become a hot-button issue on many Capitol Hi... (more)


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The Heart of Healthcare Ready’s Work: Patients

Daniel Engelhardt & Lailah Fofana

December 15, 2017

When the phones rang in Healthcare Ready’s Emergency Operations Center during this year’s hurricane season, the voice on the other e... (more)


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Three Catastrophic Hurricanes, One Cause To Rally Around

Daniel Engelhardt

December 11th, 2017

Life is made of threes. . This hurricane season, the United States experienced a triumvirate of hurricanes: Harvey, Irma and Maria. Each was dis... (more)


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Healthcare Coalitions: Protecting Patients from Predictable Surprises

Sarah Baker, MPP

December 4, 2017

December 4, 2017 - It can be hard coming back to the office after the Thanksgiving holiday. This year, the opportunity to join 1,200 healthca... (more)


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Giving the Gift of Preparedness

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

November 27, 2017

November 27, 2017 - With the holiday season upon us and as we make plans to gather with friends and family, our team at Healthcare Ready woul... (more)


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Reflections on American Public Health Association Expo

Lailah Fofana

November 17th 2017

Last week, the American Public Health Association (APHA) held their annual meeting and exposition in Atlanta, Georgia. This year, Healthcare Rea... (more)


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Maria’s Cloudy Death Toll in Puerto Rico

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

November 10, 2017

Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, local authorities estimated the associated death toll at only 16 fatalities... (more)


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Community Resilience Endures Through Natural Disasters

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

October 27th, 2017

Relief efforts have risen to unprecedented levels in response to this year’s record-breaking hurricane season. While much attention has be... (more)


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One Month After Hurricane Maria, Public Health Risks Pervade

Lailah Fofana

October 24th, 2017

It’s been a full month since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, and Healthcare Ready continues to support ongoing recovery efforts. (more)


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From Hurricanes to Wildfires, Healthcare Ready Remains Activated

Sarah Baker, MPP

October 18th, 2017

On the heels of one of the most active hurricane seasons to date, we face another threat: wildfires in Northern California. If there’s one... (more)


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Puerto Rico’s Continued Struggles Need Sustained Support

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

October 13th, 2017

Three weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall, Puerto Rico remains devastated, and the island’s families and communities continue to fac... (more)


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California Wildfires Remind Us Why All Disasters Impact Health

Lailah Fofana

October 11th, 2017

Here at Healthcare Ready, we primarily activate for natural disasters such as hurricanes, tropical storms, and tornadoes on the Eastern and Sout... (more)


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Prescription Assistance in Puerto Rico

Sarah Baker, MPP

October 8, 2017

An important, but sometimes little known, program has been activated for the healthcare response to Maria – the Emergency Prescription ... (more)


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Las Vegas Tragedy: Our Thoughts Are With You

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

October 3, 2017

The team at Healthcare Ready was deeply troubled to hear of the shooting that took place during a Las Vegas concert late Sunday night. As of ... (more)


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Still At It

Sarah Baker, MPP

October 2, 2017

In our tenth year, we find our team as busy as ever during this hurricane season. For the past 40 days, we have had to focus solely on the emerg... (more)


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Making an impact from across an ocean

Kelly Klein

October 1, 2017

Joining the Healthcare Ready team during Hurricane season is a really unique experience; the speed with which the Healthcare Ready team handles ... (more)


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Hurricane Maria’s Far-Reaching Impact to Puerto Rico’s Healthcare System

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

September 30, 2017

As Puerto Rico assesses the sizeable impact of Hurricane Maria, one thing is clear: Puerto Rico’s healthcare capabilities are severely dam... (more)


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Why Hurricane Maria matters for healthcare

Sarah Baker, MPP

September 29, 2017

Natural disasters like the hurricanes that we have seen in the past month make it difficult for individuals to go about their normal lives, howe... (more)


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Challenges of responding to multiple disasters

Sarah Baker, MPP

September 21, 2017

September 21, 2017 - In the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria, communities in the Southeast United States, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Island... (more)


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Responding to Patients Requests for Assistance

Lailah Fofana

September 16th 2017

When a disaster strikes any area, people mainly concern themselves with the physical hazards to healthcare during the event. Many tend to overlo... (more)


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A New Outlook on Preparedness

Lailah Fofana

September 13th 2017

September 13, 2017 - As a public health advocate, I am always eager to assist patients and providers in their preparedness and relief efforts. R... (more)


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Preparing for Hurricane Irma and the New Normal

Sarah Baker, MPP

September 10, 2017

Like many of our partners right now, we are in an uncomfortable in between – between recovery efforts in Texas for Harvey and response eff... (more)


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A Message from the Executive Director

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

September 7, 2017

Partners,

As (more)


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Protect Your Health: Important Disaster Preparedness Tips for Harvey and Irma

Sarah Baker, MPP

September 6, 2017

It’s clear that natural disasters, such as Hurricane ... (more)


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Responding to Harvey: new twists on persistent challenges

Sarah Baker, MPP

September 6, 2017

As we wrap up the thirteenth day of being activated to support the response and recovery to Hurricane Harvey, we’ve had a few minutes betw... (more)


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Responding to Hurricane Harvey: struggles, successes and steps ahead

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

September 4, 2017

Twelve days ago, Harvey had only begun its destructive journey, it’s growing strength captured in distant satellite images. But there is n... (more)


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Healthcare Ready | Managing Health in the Wake of Disaster

Brian Nyquist, MPH

September 3, 2017

For many patients, especially those living with autoimmune conditions or chronic illness, health care is a delicate balance. Between fighting th... (more)


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Hurricane Harvey Relief

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

August 29th, 2017

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the southern region of Texas has experienced record flooding throughout the past couple days. Heavy rain c... (more)


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Hurricane Harvey: A test of our capabilities

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

August 25, 2017

 

For the past day, meteorologists, emergency managers, and public health officials have been monitoring the movement of once Tropic... (more)


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In the Wake of Terror

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

August 15, 2017

August 15, 2017 - Over the weekend, we joined the rest of the nation in watching and processing the responses to the act of domestic terroris... (more)


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Who is Responsible for Preparedness?

Sarah Baker

August 7, 2017

August 7, 2017 - “Who is the most responsible for preparing communities for disasters and disease outbreaks?” When we ad... (more)


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How Language and Culture Barriers Can Hinder the Healthcare Process

Lailah Fofana

July 27, 2017

July 27, 2017 - A large part of emergency preparedness is how responders and citizens are able to communicate and correspond with each other.... (more)


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Onward

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

July 19, 2017

July 19, 2017 - At the core of Healthcare Ready’s mission is the belief that we are stronger together. Working across sectors, pulling ... (more)


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Why Access to Healthy Foods in Low Income Communities is Important for Resilience

Lailah Fofana

July 13, 2017

July 13, 2017 - One of the most crucial elements that must be monitored during hurricane season is how patients with chronic diseases receive... (more)


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A Closer Look at Attitudes Towards Preparedness

Sarah Baker

July 7, 2017

July 7, 2017 - Earlier this summer, we released the high-level findings from our annual nationwide poll on public attitudes towards preparedn... (more)


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Summer Events’ Unique Considerations for Healthcare Preparedness

Lailah Fofana

June 19, 2017

June 19, 2017 - While we often focus on and analyze patient care inside of hospitals, the importance of infrastructure and how it can affect ... (more)


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Aging Populations and Preparedness: A Multifaceted Issue

Sarah Baker

June 5, 2017

June 5, 2017 - Our latest installment of the roundtable series Diseases and Disasters focused on a patient population to which we ar... (more)


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The Importance of Legitimate Supply Chains

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

May 25, 2017

May 25, 2017 - In the developed world, especially in the United States, we are fortunate enough to live in an environment where we don’... (more)


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Global Aid and Access for Health: Reflections on an International Forum

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

May 10, 2017

May 10, 2017 - The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD) recently held a forum on global aid an... (more)


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Managing Chronic Conditions in Disasters - Continued

Sarah Baker

May 2, 2017

May 2, 2017 - In the second installment of our round table series, we convened a virtual webinar to engage experts from around the nation in... (more)


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Transformation through Collaboration: Implementing the Drug Supply Chain Security Act

Perry Fri

April 17, 2017

April 17, 2017 - The United States has one of the safest and most efficient pharmaceutical supply chains in the world, and one of the most c... (more)


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Place, Race and Disasters

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

April 5, 2017

April is National Minority Health Month. The theme for N... (more)


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Managing Chronic Diseases During Disasters

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

March 16, 2017

March 16, 2017 - Two weeks ago, we had the opportunity to host a roundtable discussion on preparedness for managing cardiovascular disease and e... (more)


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Making the Most of Advance Notice

Sarah Baker

March 15, 2017

March 15, 2017 - While the debate on whether Winter Storm Stella was ‘a bust’[1] or not may... (more)


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Emergency Preparedness and Kidney Disease: An Introduction to the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Program

Beverly Whittet, RN, CDN, CPHQ

March 1, 2017

March 1, 2017 - For people receiving dialysis or living with a kidney transplant, planning for emergencies and disasters can be the differenc... (more)


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Vaccines are Safe. We Present You the Facts

Emily Lord and Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

February 28, 2017

February 28, 2017 - Many of us in the public health community were disheartened and angered last week when Mr. De Niro and Mr. Kennedy (more)


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The Value of Partnerships During Disasters

Sarah Baker

February 9, 2017

February 9, 2017 - The past 18 months have stayed more or less at a dull roar for preparedness and response. From public health emergencies ... (more)


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How Ready Is Your State for the Next Disaster?

Dara Alpert Lieberman

January 11, 2017

January 11, 2017 - 235 days: the number of days between the request for emergency funds to address Zika and the day Congress approved the fun... (more)


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Our 2017 Outlook: Building on 10 Years of Progress

Emily Lord

January 5, 2017

January 5, 2017 - 2016 was undeniably a big year for public health preparedness and response. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid issued a ... (more)


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Harnessing Data for Disaster Response

Sarah Baker

December 15, 2016

December 15, 2016 - As in many policy arenas, data and “big data” continue to play an increasingly large role in public health p... (more)


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On the Horizon: Thinking about 2017 and Beyond

Nicolette A. Louissaint, Ph.D.

December 1, 2016

December 1, 2016 - With the holiday season and accompanying cold weather here, we at Healthcare Ready are thinking about our future progra... (more)


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Objectivity and Uncertainty in the 2017 ASPR Guidance for Healthcare Coalitions

Craig Camidge

November 22, 2016

November 22, 2016 - With the release of the 2017 Healthcare Preparedness and Response Capabilities by HHS and ASPR, the role of healthcare co... (more)


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Innovations and Challenges in Global Supply Chains

Nicolette A. Louissaint, Ph.D.

November 11, 2016

November 11, 2016 - The term “pharmaceutical supply chain” (“biopharmaceutical supply chain”) is another one of th... (more)


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Reflections On A Healthier America Launch

Emily Lord

October 27, 2016

October 27, 2016 - Last week I had the opportunity to participate in Trust for America’s Health’s (TFAH) A Healthier America: ... (more)


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The CMS Preparedness Rule: Opportunity is Knocking – Will Healthcare Coalitions Answer the Call?

Craig Camidge

October 17, 2016

October 17, 2016 - On September 8th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made official what many in the emergency preparedness ind... (more)


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Lessons Learned From A Major Incident In Orlando

Eric R. Alberts

October 3, 2016

October 3, 2016-It is one thing to plan for what you think will be a major incident in your community and then exercise that plan. ... (more)


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How Healthcare Is Changing to Cover Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues

Amanda Flowers

September 14, 2016

September 14, 2016 - If you are worried about the crime and violence affecting America right now, you are not alone. According to a Gallup Po... (more)


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Access Denied - Release of our access and re-entry report

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

September 08, 2016

September 8, 2016 - The issue of access and re-entry to disaster sites... (more)


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As Waters Recede, A Community Rises

Nicolette A. Louissaint, Ph.D.

August 29, 2016

August 29, 2016 - For more than a week, our team has been focused on the impacts of the (more)


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Keeping Up with the Capabilities: 2017 HPP Capabilities Refresh

Emily Lord

August 12, 2016

August 12, 2016- A few weeks ago, the Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant ... (more)


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Communities, Preparedness, and Community Preparedness

Sarah Baker

June 28, 2016

June 28, 2016 - When I first entered the preparedness field a few years ago, I remember being confused by the idea of ‘all-hazards&rsq... (more)


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Reflections on the Orlando shooting

Nicolette A. Louissaint, Ph.D.

June 16, 2016

Since Sunday morning, our team, along with much of America, has been consumed with the news and updates coming out of Orlando. Like many other h... (more)


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Zika: Harnessing Fear for Action

Emily Lord

May 31, 2016

May 31, 2016 - Any minute now the CNN breaking news ticker is going to flash: “first U.S. mainland transmission of Zika detected.&rdquo... (more)


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Perspectives Series | Empowering Older Adults in a Disaster Requires Early Planning

Regine Webster

May 9, 2016

May 9, 2016 - I’m a married adult female with two kids living in the Southeast.  But my vivid imagination can quickly take me to a pl... (more)


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Perspectives Series | Humanitarian Relief

Kate Dischino, CEM AmeriCares Director of Emergency Response

April 18, 2016

April 18, 2016 - When disaster strikes, accountability and responsibility don’t make the headlines. Instead, the news media focus on th... (more)


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The Next Big Moment in Healthcare Preparedness? What the Proposed CMS Rule Could Achieve

Emily Lord

March 29, 2016

March 29, 2016 - There have been a few key moments in the world of healthcare and disaster preparedness over the past 15 years.  The (more)


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Perspectives Series | Maryland Offers Collaborative Emergency Management Program

Christina Fabac, Private Sector Liaison, Maryland Emergency Management Agency

March 17, 2016

March 17, 2016 – Numerous natural and human-caused emergencies routinely affect businesses’ operations and bottom lines... (more)


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Perspectives Series | The Engagement Continues: Illinois's BEOC

Edie J. Casella, Project Manager – Public-Private Partnerships at Illinois Emergency Management Agency

February 18, 2016

Healthcare Ready is excited to share the first installment of our new  Perspec... (more)


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Recovery's Opportunities

Nicolette A. Louissaint, Ph.D.

January 26, 2016

January 26, 2016 - We made it to the other side.

Not that we’re done with the (more)


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Finnegan’s Flake: Improving Policy to Support Preparedness: HcR Update #3

Kate Smyth-Haskins

January 23, 2016

January 23, 2016 - In “The Dead,” the 1914 short story masterpiece by the great Irish writer James Joyce, snow serves as a symbo... (more)


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Pounding from Jonas Continues: HcR Update #4

Kate Smyth-Haskins

January 23, 2016

January 23, 2016 - Winter Storm Jonas continues its record-breaking sweep north this evening. States of Emergency have been declared in: DC, ... (more)


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Bracing for Jonas: HcR Update #2

Nicolette A. Louissaint, Ph.D.

January 22, 2016

January 22, 2016 - The storm has moving along the East Coast and we have already seen emergency declarations issued in: VA, DC, MD, PA, WV, N... (more)


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Bracing for Impact

Nicolette A. Louissaint, Ph.D.

January 21, 2016

January 21, 2016 -Today, our thoughts are especially with those on the East Coast (like us!) who are bracing for (more)


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Launching A New Series in Healthcare Conversations - 'Perspectives'

Emily Lord

January 20, 2016

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't co... (more)


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Partnership to train emergency managers on the pharmaceutical supply chain

Nicolette A. Louissaint, Ph.D.

January 4, 2016

January 4, 2016 - Happy New Year, everyone!

**Please find slides and audio from the webinar series referenced below (more)


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Outbreaks: To Prepare for the Worst Day, Focus on Protecting the Nation Every Day

Dara Alpert Lieberman, MPP, Senior Government Relations Manager, Trust for America’s Health

December 17, 2015

December 17, 2015 - Every day in the United States, a baby is vaccinated against a once-deadly disease. Every day, health officials, doctors and... (more)


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A Perspective on FEMA’s Public-Private Partnership Conference

Emily Lord

December 16, 2015

December 16, 2015 - Last week, I attended the Fifth Annual FE... (more)


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Recapping the National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

December 16, 2015

December 16, 2015 - Two weeks ago, I attended the (more)


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Forging Partnerships for Preparedness in New Orleans

Sarah Babcock

November 20, 2015

November 20, 2015 - We are pleased to highlight the preparedness initiatives the New Orleans Health Department is undertaking with this gues... (more)


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An investigation of current guidance for private sector: planning, preparedness and perceived threat of a virulent influenza pandemic.

November 12, 2015

November 12, 2015 - Healthcare Ready teamed up with one of our private sector partners, Jim Williams with Sears Holdings to review guidance a... (more)


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Trends in State Public Health Preparedness

Emily Lord

November 5, 2015

November 5, 2015 - Last week was the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) Directors of Public Health Preparedness (DPHP... (more)


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The Art of Science Modeling

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

October 9, 2015

October 9, 2015 - “Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful.” – George E. P. Box

The quotation above is one... (more)


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Tracking Hurricane Joaquin: Update #2 (Focusing on Recovery)

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

October 6, 2015

October 6, 2015 - Now that the storm has passed and Hurricane Joaquin is out to sea, we face the response and recovery campaign to restore norma... (more)


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Tracking Hurricane Joaquin: Update #1

Nicolette Louissaint, Ph.D.

October 2, 2015

October 2, 2015 - On the heels of National Preparedness Month, Healthcare Ready is monitoring (more)


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Annual Legislative Conference – Renewed Focus on Healthcare Delivery

Nicolette Louissaint

September 25, 2015

September 25, 2015 - This past week, I was privileged to attend the 2015 Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), hosted by the Congressional Bla... (more)


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Getting to Implementation: Moving Beyond Lessons Learned

Nicolette Louissaint

September 11, 2015

September 11, 2015 - Hello! I’m thrilled to join Healthcare Ready as the new Director of Programs!  I must first thank Erin Mullen for d... (more)


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10 years ago, Hurricane Katrina Changed Us

Erin Mullen, RPh, PhD, CEM

August 20, 2015

August 20, 2015 - None of us want to think about bad times. It’s in our makeup to minimize risks that we face on a regular basis, ... (more)


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Rx Response Becomes Healthcare Ready

Emily Lord

August 7, 2015

August 7, 2015 - I’m excited to announce that as of today, Rx Response will be changing its name to Healthcare Ready. We’ve spent nearly 9 years... (more)


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Rx Response ‘2.0’: A New Focus, New Talent, and New Look

Emily Lord

July 28, 2015

July 28, 2015 - As I announced in an April blog post, Rx Respon... (more)


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Thank you to Erin Mullen, Rx Response Director of Programming

Emily Lord

July 14, 2015

July 14, 2015 - I walked into Rx Response 5 years ago with a background in business continuity, a passion for emergency response, and little to ... (more)


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A New Solution to the Issue of Healthcare Access into Disaster Areas

Emily Lord

June 6, 2015

June 6, 2015 - Earlier this year, I wrote about the need for a shift from a (more)


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Busy week: Response and Planning!

Erin Mullen

May 15, 2015

May 15, 2015 - This week, we are simultaneously responding to a natural disaster, and proactively planning to prevent predictable issues when anoth... (more)


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Pharmacy and Public Health – so happy together!

Erin Mullen

April 23, 2015

April 23, 2015 - One of the most exciting things that I came away from the 2015 Preparedness Summit with was a renewed excitement that there ... (more)


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Reactive to Proactive - Building Community Health Resilience

Emily Lord

April 9, 2015

April 9, 2015 - It’s springtime again and what that means to me is an opportunity to start over and embrace change. It’s also time f... (more)


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Business Planning for Pandemics

Janet Toliver and Jim Williams

March 26, 2015

 March 26, 2015 - This week’s guest blog post is from Jim Williams and Janet Toliver, the University of Chicago researchers that ... (more)


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Stability of Refrigerated Drugs

Kerri-Lynn Conrad, PharmD Candidate

March 12, 2015

March 12, 2015 - When Proper Storage is Not Possible During Emergencies and Disasters

Power outages can accompany both natural and man... (more)


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Unpredictable Weather and Predictable Obstacles

Erin Mullen

February 26, 2015

February 26, 2015 - It seems like this winter weather will never end! Today, we have 4 states under a declaration of emergency, it’s sn... (more)


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Lessons Learned in Sandy

Emily Lord

February 18, 2015

February 18, 2015 - It’s been a (more)


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Patient Counseling

Erin Mullen

November 20, 2014

November 20, 2014 - There is a constant struggle that we see in the prevention space: it can be hard to motivate action to prevent adverse co... (more)


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A Review of State Emergency Prescription Refill Protocols

Jane Kim

November 5, 2014

November 5, 2014 - The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa and its spread to other countries serves as an urgent warning for U.S. health car... (more)


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Health Care and Ebola

Erin Mullen

October 24, 2014

October 24, 2014 - Rx Response is composed of members that span the bio-pharmaceutical supply chain, and so any kind of public health emerge... (more)


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