Resolve to Get Ready

The New Year is the time many of us make resolutions for the coming year. Sometimes resolutions feel too big and long-drawn-out to accomplish. As a result, our motivation to see them through can peter out before the end of the year. This year, instead of making one resolution for the year, make 12 micro-resolutions. […]

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In Case You Missed It: Favorite Posts of 2021

Year’s end is a good time to reflect on the events of the past 12 months. The Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR) published about 30 posts to its Public Health Matters blog in 2021. Most of them include suggestions for how you can prepare for emergencies of all shapes and sizes. In case you […]

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Get Involved with Your Neighbors During Hi Neighbor Month

December is Hi Neighbor Month. Social connections are important to your personal health preparedness. The relationships we build with others are ties that bind during an emergency. One of the more important social connections you can make is with your neighbors. The Importance of Neighbors Neighbors can be an important source of assistance in the […]

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Stay Informed of Your Family Health History

Thanksgiving Day is National Family Health History Day Family health history is a record of the diseases and health conditions in your family. Most people have family history of at least one chronic disease that makes them more likely to get that disease.(1) Staying informed of your family’s health history can help you and your […]

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Epilepsy and Emergency Preparedness

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month Epilepsy is common. In 2015, about 3.4 million people reported having active epilepsy in the United States. Epilepsy is a broad term used for a brain disorder that causes repeated seizures. There are many different types of epilepsy. A seizure is a short change in normal brain activity.(1) There […]

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Burn Institute Teaches Kids Burn Prevention, Fire Safety

This student-authored post is published by CPR in partnership with Medill News Service and the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions of CPR or CDC. A cast of green and purple […]

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Project Firstline Reaches Frontline Healthcare Workforce with Infection Control Training

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted long-standing gaps in infection control knowledge and understanding among the frontline healthcare workforce. Since the onset of the pandemic, healthcare-associated infections and antibiotic-resistant infections have increased, reversing national progress made before 2020. Infectious disease threats like Ebola, COVID-19, and antibiotic resistance will continue to emerge. It’s more important than ever […]

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Rx Prep: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 23 Many of us have a medicine cabinet in our homes. It may contain first-aid supplies, personal hygiene items, prescription and over-the-counter medicines, and other personal needs. Keep tabs on your medicines to help you keep them out of the wrong hands. Each year in the United […]

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Healthy State of Mind to Cope with an Emergency

October 10 is World Mental Health Day Mental health is as important as physical health to your overall well-being. Taking care of both your physical and mental health will help you protect yourself and your family for an emergency. What is mental health? Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It can affect […]

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Healthcare Workers “Pop Up” to Help Vaccinate in IL Communities

This student-authored post is published by CPR in partnership with Medill News Service and the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions of CPR or CDC. The sound of live music and […]

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