May 22, 2011

public health and zombies

If you're ready for a zombie apocalypse, then you're ready for any emergency.

I learned a few things this week about the CDC's Public Health campaign in a NYT article this morning that I want to share with you:

(1) the CDC just published a report on the 10 great public health achievements in the first decade of the 2000s (2001-2010) that includes better tobacco regulations, better vaccine availability, improved maternal and fetal health, motor vehicle accidents, lead poisoning, occupational health, and public health preparedness and response.

(2) there is no current budget increase for the CDC proposed for next year, and the CDC is categorized as "discretionary domestic spending", a part of the budget being attacked by Republicans attempt to slash public spending. "The budget was slashed 11% in fiscal year 2011, putting it among the hardest-hit government agencies, with significant cuts for emergency preparedness. Public health preparedness dollars have been cut more than 30% since 2005."

(3) this past Monday, the CDC came out with a zombie apocolypse preparation guide on their Public Health Matters blog, with advise on how to prepare for a zombie invasion. Seriously. And it's obviously under the category of Emergency Preparedness and Response.
And now they're holding a video contest for anyone who can show in 60 seconds how they're preparing for any emergency (hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, zombie apocalypses).

What a call to the nation about public health - the CDC's public health blog usually gets about 1,000 hits a day has already gotten over a million. It makes me happy that the CDC is getting more accessible. I might actually start reading the public health blog even when it's not about zombies :)

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie
in possession of brains must be in want of more brains."
"No ninjas! How was that possible? Five daughters brought up at home without any ninjas! I never heard of such a thing. Your mother must have been quite a slave to your safety."

- Seth Grahame-Smith,
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
book review soon?

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