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Twenty-first century emergency response efforts of the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service

Jeffery L. Sumter, DrPH, Adrienne Goodrich-Doctor, PhD, Jill Roberts, PhD, Thomas J. Mason, PhD

Abstract


The impact of the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service (Commissioned Corps) on the health and safety of the nation spans more than two centuries. The public health efforts of the highly qualified health professionals of this often-underreported uniformed service include fighting threats like the great flu pandemic of 1918, the anthrax attacks, Ebola, and natural disasters such as Hurricanes Maria, Irma, and Katrina. As we near the first quarter of the twenty-first century, it is important to take a snapshot of the critical contributions and response efforts the Commissioned Corps has made in the first 18 years of the twenty-first century. Today, the Commissioned Corps faces new challenges in the form of emerging diseases and a rapidly growing opioid epidemic, but under the guidance of the US Surgeon General, it remains vigilant and fully capable of minimizing any public health threat it encounters.


Keywords


Ebola, Zika, Hurricane Maria, Commissioned Corps, Public Health Service

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5055/jem.2018.0380

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