Preparedness

2017 was a historic year for disasters in quantity, magnitude and destruction. They shattered prior cost records, left hundreds, possibly thousands, dead and pushed thousands more into already strained health systems with new and chronic injuries and illnesses. Early predictions are already calling for an above average hurricane season in 2018. Now is the time to take a new approach in examining what happened during these disasters so we can be better prepared to help survivors of future disasters. I am a clinician-scientist who studies the health effects of disasters. For example, one of my recent studies showed that hospitalizations for older adults increase well beyond the initial impact...
Research!America is hosting a digital advocacy initiative on September 11–12 to urge Congress to #RaisetheCaps during negotiations of the FY18 budget. The 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA) established austerity-level federal spending, and in FY18 the sequestration budget caps or automatic spending cuts for federal agencies will be back in full force. This will tie policymakers’ hands and stall major projects ranging from supercomputers to biohazard labs that researchers need to effectively prevent emerging epidemics, develop the next generation of super materials, and find the links between genes and disease. It is crucial that advocates raise their voices now and convince Congress to #...