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03/19/2018 01:00 PM
Public Health Matters Blog - 7 Ways to ?Be Gutsy? this March!
Let?s face it: your colon isn?t exactly a dinner party topic. It takes a lot of guts to bring up colorectal cancer?to your parents, your spouse, your doctor, your friends. Don?t be afraid to pipe up about the second-leading cancer killer of both men and women, because it?s proven that simple steps save lives.
03/12/2018 01:00 PM
Public Health Matters Blog - Shouting in the Dark: Emergency Communication in USVI After Irma and Maria
Communication experts often say, ?When you?re communicating during an emergency, always think about what you?d say to your mom. What information would she need the most? How would you explain it to her? What would you need to know for sure before you told her? And just how far would you go to reach her?? When Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) in September 2017, this wasn?t just advice for Nykole Tyson. Nykole is the USVI Department of Health?s (DOH?s) Director of Public Relations. She serves as the DOH spokesperson and emergency communicator. Like all of USVI?s responders and government officials, she is a survivor who was impacted by the storms. Nykole?s home had water and roof damage and she was without water or power for four months. ?I caught rain water in barrels and used solar lights sent to me by friends living stateside,? Nykole said. She lived on a cot in her office in the DOH for several weeks between and after both storms. . The storms destroyed most of the territory?s communication infrastructure, making both personal and mass communication nearly impossible. Nykole was unable to reach her own family for four days after the second hurricane. However, within hours of both storms, she was on the radio talking to her community about how to stay safe, find shelter, and stay strong. Nykole wasn?t just talking to the public, she was talking to her neighbors, her community, her family, and even her mom.
03/05/2018 01:00 PM
Public Health Matters Blog - Tackling eHealth Literacy
As I waited in the exam room on a recent visit to my doctor?s office, I noticed there was a large wall display with an interactive screen. It resembled a smartphone and I could use the touchscreen to scroll and learn about various conditions, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer?s, and colon health. Each menu included signs and symptoms of illness, and information on diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. The designs were bright, jargon was kept to a minimum and defined when used, and navigating was simple for routine smartphone users. The display also included short videos supporting the on-screen text. ?Great!? I thought, ?But what about patients who don?t have strong English skills or those who don?t feel confident engaging with the display? How do they get the information if they don?t directly ask for it??
03/01/2018 01:00 PM
Upcoming COCA Call: March 13, 2018: Coordinating Clinical and Public Health Responses to Opioid Overdoses Treated in Emergency Departments
The nonmedical use of prescription opioids and illicit opioids causes significant morbidity in the United States. The latest data indicate that rates of overdoses treated in emergency departments are rising across all regions and require a coordinated response between public health, clinicians, public safety, and community organizations. During this COCA call, clinicians will learn about the increases in opioid-related morbidity and steps clinicians can take in advancing protocols to reverse these trends.
12/04/2017 01:00 PM
Public Health Matters Blog - Norovirus Illness is Messy ? Clean Up Right Away
When norovirus strikes in your own home, you can be prepared by having the supplies you need to immediately clean up after a loved one vomits or has diarrhea. Norovirus is a tiny germ that spreads quickly and easily. It causes vomiting and diarrhea that come on suddenly. A very small amount of norovirus can make you sick. The number of virus particles that fit on the head of a pin is enough to infect over 1,000 people.

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