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Public Health Infrastructure

What Do Bridges and Public Health Have in Common?

Brian Castrucci | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian Castrucci

We have major infrastructure needs in many sectors in the United States. The potential impact of a failing public health infrastructure should alarm us and drive action. We can't predict when the next outbreak, epidemic, or disaster will occur, but we can guarantee that it will take place. The question is whether we will work to fortify the public health infrastructure now or deal with the consequences later.

Ebola: A Preventable Catastrophe

Rep. Rosa DeLauro | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Rep. Rosa DeLauro

After years of funding cuts and neglect, the critical components of our public health infrastructure responsible for tracking, monitoring, and ultimately preventing or curing Ebola -- the National Institutes of Health and the Center for Disease Control -- have been forced to respond to this potential crisis with severely constrained resources.

Did Obamacare Help or Harm the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Investigation in Tennessee?

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 12.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

As infectious disease doctors, we routinely care for patients with meningitis, but never have we treated a case of aspergillus meningitis, the type of fungal infection that has caused more than a dozen deaths and sickened nearly 200 people in Tennessee and other states.