Stories

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Positive Vibes for Public Health: Inspiring Island Students

“Our focus is on education and prevention,” said Public Health Analyst Amulen Wirsiy of the Overdose Response Strategy (ORS) program, which pairs public health and public safety personnel across the US to address substance use and prevent opioid overdoses. A native of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Wirsiy and her partner visit schools across the territory, delivering presentations on smart decision-making, self-reliance and the physical and emotional effects of various substances. They even organized an informational video contest for students.

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Breathing Easier: Air Quality Monitors Track Wildfire Smoke

Hotter, drier summers are giving rise to more wildfires and the health threats they pose. Here's how Montana is tackling the challenge.

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Richard Vogt: Combining Public Health Expertise and Philanthropy to Bridge Gaps for State and Local Health Departments

In an interview with Richard Vogt, MD, EIS ’77, we dive into the fascinating journey of a public health professional who has made remarkable contributions to the world of public health through his service as a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) field officer, state Epidemiologist, consultant, clinical professor and founding board member for both the Foundation for the Public’s Health and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists Foundation (CSTE Foundation).

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Kathy Bremer: A Public Service Expert Chooses the CDC Foundation

Through careers in journalism, public relations, nonprofit and executive search work, Kathy Bremer has combined her passions for public service, fostering connections and making a difference.

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World Rabies Day: Bat Women Battle Rabies

A pair of "bat women" are battling rising rabies exposures in Illinois: Lab scientist Dusty Staake is testing for rabies-positive bats, and Senior Epidemiologist Chanée Massiah and her team are ensuring that community members exposed to the deadly disease are properly vaccinated.

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Detroit Team Helps Residents Prepare for Changing Climate

Deandra Smith, director of the AmeriCorps Climate R.E.A.D.Y. program at Wayne State University, and her team of 11 volunteers work in Detroit to help residents remedy flooding.

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Strengthening Community Relationships as the Foundation for Change

Cross-sector relationships are pivotal to ensuring the community is at the forefront of public health decisions. A systems change approach helps sustainably build these partnerships.

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From Field to Print: Peter Drotman's Unique Legacy in Infectious Disease Response

Throughout his career, Dr. Peter Drotman has been guided by his passion for global public health, leaving his own distinct mark on the field. As one of the last epidemiologists to see a case of smallpox, Drotman also became one of the first to see a case of HIV/AIDS.