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Natural Disaster Emergency Response to Private Well User Needs: Evaluation of a Pilot Outreach Approach

After a flood, private well users are recommended to disinfect their well to eliminate potential microbial contamination but research gaps exist on user implementation of recommended procedures. This study evaluated a distance education class on well disinfection after severe flooding that was piloted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Participants submitted a well water […]

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Cervical cancer screening for individuals at average risk: 2020 guideline update from the American Cancer Society

Elizabeth T. H. Fontham, MPH, DrPH1; Andrew M. D. Wolf, MD2; Timothy R. Church, PhD3; Ruth Etzioni, PhD 4,5; Christopher R. Flowers, MD, MS 6; Abbe Herzig, PhD7; Carmen E. Guerra, MD 8; Kevin C. Oeffinger, MD 9; Ya-Chen Tina Shih, PhD 10; Louise C. Walter, MD 11,12; Jane J. Kim, PhD13; Kimberly S. Andrews, […]

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The Disease Ecology, Epidemiology, Clinical Manifestations, and Management of Trichinellosis Linked to Consumption of Wild Animal Meat

Published in Wilderness & Environmental Medicine 2020; 31(2): 235e44 Trichinellosis (formerly trichinosis) is a parasitic infection caused by migrating larvae of Trichinella nematodes. Trichinella worms are among the world’s most widely distributed zoonotic parasites, with a large animal reservoir in amphibians, reptiles, rodents, birds, and mammals. Historically, human trichinellosis was caused by Trichinella spiralis, the […]

Mindfulness Intervention to Decrease Post-Disaster Anxiety

Mindfulness, a concept increasingly provided in healthcare practices, is widely acknowledged as a healthy way to manage stress and improve well-being. Research findings show that mindfulness-based practices greatly improves quality of life, increases memory, and improves emotional regulation. Research was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of a mindfulness intervention to reduce post-disaster anxiety disorders following […]

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Resource-based view on safety culture’s influence on hospital performance

Resource-based view on safety culture’s influence on hospital performance:  The moderating role of electronic health record implementation.   Patient safety and safety culture have received increasing attention from agencies such as the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality and the Institute of Medicine. Safety culture refers to the fundamental values, attitudes, and perceptions that provide […]

Racism is a Public Health Crisis

Statement from the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) & the LSU School of Public Health Racism is a public health crisis. ASPPH stands with those fighting to eradicate systemic racism and injustices. We cannot have a healthy world without a just world. As a public health community, we must stand together […]

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WebEx Congressional Briefing on COVID-19 with Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré (Ret.)

On Friday, May 8, 2020, at 1 p.m. ET, the Committee will hold a virtual briefing for Members and a single staffer from each office with Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, who led Joint Taskforce Katrina under President George W. Bush. The briefing will address the Trump Administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and lessons from […]

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To Strengthen The Public Health Response To COVID-19, We Need Community Health Workers

The public health system is a critical firewall to reduce community spread of COVID-19 and to relieve the unsustainable pressure the US health care system is experiencing as a result of the pandemic. Community health workers (CHWs)—frontline public health staff who conduct outreach and build trust with vulnerable populations in federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), […]

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The Water Professional’s Guide to COVID-19

A new coronavirus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness, referred to as COVID-19. It was first detected in Wuhan, China, on Dec. 12, 2019.  Because this disease has spread worldwide, it is important that water sector professionals keep informed on the attributions of the virus and any measures needed to […]

Passing of Dr. Raoult Ratard

The LSU School of Public Health Epidemiology Department is saddened to announce the passing of State Epidemiologist and Epidemiology adjunct faculty member Dr. Raoult Ratard. Dr. Ratard developed our first Infectious Disease Epidemiology course in the Fall of 2005 while he was still working in the State’s Emergency Operation Center due to Hurricanes Katrina and […]