Author Archives: Michelle

MMWR: 2016 Zika Birth Defects Surveillance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) describing 2016 Zika Birth Defects Surveillance data. This is the first report on the prevalence in the US states and territories of birth…

Funding Opportunity

J-PAL North America recently released two “Request for Letters of Interest” to help policymakers alleviate poverty by testing innovative approaches to challenging social issues. The State and Local Innovation Initiative is open to U.S. state and local…

Be Prepared for Radiation Emergencies

“Failing to plan is planning to fail:” This saying applies to many aspects of preparedness, including radiation disaster preparedness. Radiological emergencies can vary by size and type and result from transportation accidents, nuclear power plant…

Advance Public Health in Rural Communities

Based on feedback from local health departments, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is standing up a Rural Public Health Preparedness Collaborative workgroup. Sixty-two percent of local health departments serve communities with…