Category Archives: Boots on the Ground

For Combating COVID-19, Collaboration Is Key

by Ruby Barnard-Mayers, MPH The COVID-19 pandemic spread to the United States during my last semester at the Boston University School of Public Health. By March of 2020, I was working full-time from my apartment at the time, taking all my classes online, and I hadn’t been outside for days. My parents in Vermont, less than 200 miles away, continued

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Doing Well in Wenham: A Local Wellness Check Program During COVID

by Ilana Cliffer I relish any opportunity to apply knowledge gained throughout my studies in public health to resolve a real-world conundrum. When I learned that SARS-CoV-2 was spreading rapidly within our country and that it could overwhelm our health systems, I admittedly became obsessed. I read every pre-print that came out, whipped up my own spreadsheets to track the

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Experience as a Contact Tracer: Family Ties

by Rosanna Lara Over the summer, JPHMP Direct’s “Boots on the Ground,” is running a series, “Answering the Call: A Public Health Response to COVID-19,” featuring posts from the Academic Public Health Volunteer Corps in Massachusetts. When I first arrived in the United States from the Dominican Republic, I was a young 17-year-old with both dreams and doubts. I had

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How Do You Serve? Partnerships and Systems Building

by Amanda Canavatchel and Elizabeth Koonce Our homework assignments at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) lost importance in late March: COVID-19 was spreading, and people were unnecessarily dying. With so much of the focus on medical care rather than upstream, public health interventions, we knew there was work to be done. In early April, we learned that

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Answering the Call: A Public Health Response to COVID-19

by Antonia Blinn Over the summer, JPHMP Direct’s “Boots on the Ground,” will be running a series, “Answering the Call: A Public Health Response to COVID-19,” featuring posts from the Academic Public Health Volunteer Corps in Massachusetts. Today’s feature provides background information on the Corps. In April 2019, eight schools and programs of public health in Massachusetts came together with

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Risk Communication in Trying Times: COVID-19

by Cynthia Morrow, MD, MPH EDITORIAL NOTE:  The situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve. For the most current information, please consult the websites for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization. Undoubtedly, this is an extremely trying time for public health professionals as COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe, including throughout the United States. Public

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Coronavirus and Local Health Departments: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Coronavirus LHDs Cynthia Morrow

by Cynthia Morrow, MD, MPH EDITORIAL NOTE: The situation regarding Novel Coronavirus is still rapidly evolving. For the most current information, please consult the websites for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) to be a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” (PHEIC).

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Health Inspections and What Follows: Responding to Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

Tulsa County 2019 Flooding

by Lily Coltoff At DC Health, the Food Safety and Hygiene Inspection Services Division (FSHISD), part of the Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA), is responsible for conducting inspections and implementing regulations for the city’s 6,500 food establishments. The team of sanitarians, along with two supervisory and two review sanitarians, conducts more than 7,500 inspections each year, examining restaurants, delicatessens,

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Tulsa Health Department’s Response to Tulsa County Historic 2019 Flooding

Tulsa County 2019 Flooding

by Bruce D. Dart, PhD “While it is our job to serve Tulsa County residents, it became our mission to bring hope back to people’s lives as we responded to this disaster.” In early May 2019, a series of thunderstorms began dropping monsoon-like precipitation across northern Oklahoma. The water ran down streams into Keystone Lake, resulting in water levels above

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Summer at a Local Health Department and the Eisenhower Matrix

by Cynthia Morrow, MD, MPH My office in the health department had a large white board on which I kept an ever-changing “to do” list. Only one thing permanently resided on that board: my favorite 2X2 table (Figure 1), adapted from the “Eisenhower Matrix.” The matrix served as a constant reminder for our leadership team to try to ensure that

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