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National Peace Officers’ Memorial:  ASPR Provides Public Health and Medical Support

Every day, men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line to serve and protect our communities.  The National Peace Officers’ Memorial honors those men and women who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty.  ASPR was proud to provide public health and medical support during the event at the request of the Office of the Attending Physician to Congress and the U.S. Capitol Police. News in Pictures >>

NDMS set up medical tents at the National Peace Officer’s Memorial Service near the U.S. Capitol.

#IAmHHS: Putting Policy to Work on the Ground

Before, during and after disasters, dedicated professionals from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services work together to help protect health and save lives.  Meet one of these remarkable people:  Rachel Kaul.  When disaster strikes, Rachel helps identify where the needs are and quickly mobilizes resources to meet them. After 9-11, she was there.  After Hurricane Katrina, she was there. And she continues to serve during disasters and every day.    Learn More >>

Rachel Kaul - ASPR. "This work is about humanity, compassion and meaning."

How Students Can Empower Their Communities to Protect Against Zika

If you work with students, then you probably know that they offer unique connections with their communities, are better able to communicate with their fellow students, and motivate action among their peers. Find out how you can help inspire the students in your community to learn about Zika and teach others. Learn more >>

A child spraying insect repellant on their legs

Preparing to Meet the Needs of Pediatric Patients in Disasters: Progress and the Path Forward

The Flint water crisis and the Zika outbreak have highlighted ways that children can be especially vulnerable when disaster strikes. Find out what actions HHS and its partners are taking to protect children’s health during and after disasters and emergencies. Learn More >>

A rescue worker wrapping a child in a warming blanket

Preparing to Keep Everyone Healthy in a Disaster:  Delivering Gender-Informed Services

During National Women’s Health Week, many people and organizations are taking a look at concrete steps they can take to improve women’s health.  If you are a public health or emergency planner, take a few minutes to think about steps you can take now to decrease gender-based violence, ensure equal access to services, and address the special concerns of at-risk groups when disaster strikes.  Learn More >>

male and female gender icons on chalk board