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  • ¡Socorro! Auxílio! Communicating with Vulnerable and Limited English Proficiency Populations during Emergencies

    Public Health Matters Blog
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    19 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    This month, CDC’s Vital Signs focuses on Hispanic Health. One in six people living in the United States are Hispanic, making Hispanics the largest racial/ethnic minority population in the U.S. One-third of Hispanics living in the U.S. do not speak proficient English, self-reporting their English speaking ability as less than “very-well,” or not at all, according to the PEW Research Center.  This subgroup, Hispanics with limited English proficiency (LEP), face substantial barriers to receiving important healthcare and emergency health medical services. When it comes to matters of…
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  • ¡Socorro! Auxílio! Communicating with Vulnerable and Limited English Proficiency Populations during Emergencies

    Blog Administrator
    19 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    This month, CDC’s Vital Signs focuses on Hispanic Health. One in six people living in the United States are Hispanic, making Hispanics the largest racial/ethnic minority population in the U.S. One-third of Hispanics living in the U.S. do not speak proficient English, self-reporting their English speaking ability as less than “very-well,” or not at all, according to the PEW Research Center.  This subgroup, Hispanics with limited English proficiency (LEP), face substantial barriers to receiving important healthcare and emergency health medical services. When it comes to matters of…
  • What Global Polio Eradication could mean for your Health Security

    Blog Administrator
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:12 pm
      Globalization has brought global health right to our door-step. In a world where everything from global trade to international travel is on the rise, the infectious disease threats of one region of the world can easily become public health threats present in your own backyard. While it is often the unfamiliar and rare diseases that are thrown into the public spotlight as global health security threats, infectious diseases of all types can be a danger to public health—even a virus that has not been present in the United States for over 30 years, like polio “Scenarios for polio…
  • Clarity on Cholesterol Management and Why We Need It

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    10 Apr 2015 | 12:22 pm
    By Jennifer Robinson, MD, MPH In the winter of 2013, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association released new guidelines for treating blood cholesterol. These new guidelines, which I helped draft, moved away from focusing on a patient’s blood cholesterol level and, instead, put a focus on a patient’s risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) to decide who would benefit from drug treatment. Heart attacks and strokes are common outcomes of ASCVD caused by cholesterol build-up in the arteries.  Its risk factors include a person’s age, sex, race,…
  • Take the Pledge to Improve your Community’s Preparedness

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    8 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Are you and your family prepared to face a disaster? What about your neighborhood?  Do you know your neighbors’ emergency plan or how you can help each other during an emergency? April kicks-off America’s PrepareAthon!—a nationwide campaign to increase emergency preparedness and community resilience.  Throughout the month local, state, and federal groups will take the pledge to help improve their preparedness.  All of these activities will lead up to PrepareAthon’s national day of action on April 30, 2015. So what can you do? You don’t have to be an expert in emergency…
  • The Great Thaw: looking back on Boston’s record-breaking winter

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    2 Apr 2015 | 6:56 am
    Four winter storms, more than 108 inches of snow, and one record-breaking season later, Boston is ready for spring! Despite the promise of warmer temperatures, the slowly melting snow is a reminder of the emergency response and community resilience that Boston has demonstrated these past few months. Key components of Boston’s emergency response to these winter storms were well-established partnerships and strong community resilience. The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) is one of the leaders in establishing these relationships. The BPHC plays a crucial role in the city’s public…
 
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