Public Health Emergency Weekly Report

From the HHS Blog: Addressing the Threat of Zika on the Ground in Puerto Rico

Last week, Secretary Burwell visited Puerto Rico to hear directly from island officials, community members and HHS staff on the ground about what’s working and how we can strengthen our efforts to prevent, detect, and respond to the mosquito-borne virus.  Learn about some of the things that HHS is doing to protect health and work with the Puerto Rican community to fight Zika.  Learn More >>

The team at El Centro Médico, the largest hospital in Puerto Rico, showed the Secretary and the HHS team their work to fight Zika.

Prevent the Spread of Zika: Control Mosquitoes at Home

Mosquitoes are more than just pests.  They can spread diseases, including Zika, and threaten our health.  Protect yourself, your family and your community from mosquitoes by taking a few basic precautions, like eliminating standing water around your home and using screens to keep mosquitoes out.  You can also protect yourself and your loved ones from getting mosquito bites by using an EPA-registered insect repellent.Learn More >>

Applying bug spray

From the ASPR Blog: Public Health Nurses on the Front Line in Flint

Nurses do some fantastic work to help their communities – some that you could probably guess, but some that you might not know about.  Federal nurse case managers in Flint helped families learn to protect themselves from lead, access assistance programs, and find solutions to some pretty daunting health challenges.  Today, we kick off national nurses week by recognizing the vital role that nurses play in keeping people and communities healthy.  Learn More >>

Nurses serving in Flint

$1 Million in HRSA Funding will go to the Genesee Health System

This week, HHS announced that $1 million in funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has been awarded to help the Genesee Health System increase patient capacity and provide high quality primary care services for people in Flint. This funding is just one of many ways that the Federal government is working to help the community in Flint fight the health effects of lead. Learn More >>

Doctor with patient

Preparedness Skill Check:  Protecting Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

As wildfires continue to burn in and around Alberta, take a moment to consider how prepared you are to protect your health in the face of a wildfire if one ever struck your community. Smoke is one of the most serious health hazards associated with wildfires.  Wildfire smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. Learn how to protect yourself from wildfire smoke before a disaster strikes.  Learn More >>