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This week is National Suicide Prevention Week. Did you know: Half the population has been impacted by suicide? In the U.S., someone dies from suicide every 11.9 minutes? 90 percent of people who attempt suicide survive? According to the latest CDC data from 2014, there were nearly 6,000 deaths attributed to suicide in the SCR… Read More »
This past week, I had the privilege of attending the 2017 Emergency Preparedness Conference in New Orleans. It was a brand new topic for me, covering the four phases of emergency response: Mitigation Preparation Response Recovery We heard from hospitals who served events like the Boston Marathon bombing, the Pulse Night Club incident, ransomware attacks,… Read More »
According to the 2016 America’s Health Rankings report conducted by the United Health Foundation, Louisiana is the second most unhealthy state in the nation, just behind Mississippi. The report uses a number of factors to create these rankings, but it has become increasingly clear over the years that the state’s high diagnoses of new HIV… Read More »
The Louisiana Department of Health reported this week that it has seen 36 cases of West Nile virus in Louisiana so far in 2016. Six more cases were reported within the last two weeks. Of those diagnosed with West Nile virus, 15 were asymptomatic or fever cases, a mild illness. Twenty-one were neuroinvasive, a very… Read More »