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If you’ve been reading the blog for a while now, then you know how excited I get about vaccines. Add that enthusiasm to the excitement that I had when I was lucky enough to fly a drone for campus aerial photos (for a different college), and you can only begin to see my excitement when I discovered the article “Let it Fly: Drones can economically deliver vaccines to hard-to-reach areas” in the Fall 2016 Johns Hopkins Public Health magazine.

The International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) published research in June 2016 on their initial findings from computer simulation of vaccine delivery via drone. They found that drone delivery would have a 20% reduction in the cost of vaccine delivery compared to the road routes designed in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Growing up with easy access to vaccines and benefiting from their life saving effects, I find it exciting that there is finally technology that would allow us to distribute vaccines to the hard to reach populations. If you’re as excited by this as I am, I encourage you to read the article and take a look at the IVAC’s work.

Last Tuesday, the Center for Health Security officially returned to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Originally founded in 1998 by the late Dean Emeritus D.A. Henderson, the center has been affiliated with the University of Pittsburg Medical Center since 2003. With the mission of protecting health “from the consequences of epidemics and disasters and to make communities more resilient to major challenges”, the Center for Health Security fits in well with the Bloomberg School’s mission of protecting health, saving lives – millions at a time.

With the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Center for Health Security hopes to make great progress on current challenges such as Zika, Ebola, refugee health and antibiotic resistance. There is also the hope that the collaboration will increase the strength of the center’s national and international policy development and how climate change will affect all the current threats to public health.

To learn more about the Center for Health Security and read the press release, visit their webpage.

Time to do a little spring cleaning, provide policy reminders and a few blog tips...

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We will once again be taking part in the SOPHAS Virtual Fair that is coming up on Thursday, January 19, 2017. The Admissions Services Office will be available from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST (department representatives will also be join us – see schedule below) and the MPH office will take questions between 1-3 p.m. EST. We look forward to answering your questions!

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Katie Phipps

Environmental Health and Engineering

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Elice Garcia-Baca

Master of Bioethics

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Fran Burman

Epidemiology

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Cristina Salazar or Karla McCarthy

International Health

Last week, a study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Colorado School of Public Health was published showing a direct correlation between the decrease in alcohol-involved fatal crashes and states with mandatory ignition interlock laws. While all 50 states have ignition interlock laws, only 26 have mandatory laws requiring DUI offenders to have an ignition interlock to drive legally. Since these laws didn’t come into effect until March 2016, this is the first study looking at the types of laws across all 50 states.

Researchers looked at 32 years of data on crashes and interlock law trends. From the data, they estimate the mandatory interlock laws prevented 1,250 fatal alcohol related crashes. For more information on the research, check out the JHSPH press release.