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Special Focused Journal Section:
“Texas Response to Extreme Public Health Challenges”

Unlike Jimmy Stewart’s silent rabbit partner in the old movie of the same name, the recent natural disaster, Harvey, roared through our state wreaking havoc. We observed widespread coverage of first responders ensuring immediate safety of Texas communities affected. Well-deserved accolades have been bestowed on those who worked tirelessly.

The Texas Public Health Association (TPHA), wishes to take this opportunity to pay tribute to those behind the scenes. Thank you to the many hard-working, talented public health professionals who ensured the public’s health and safety once the winds, rain and flood waters receded.  Their role, while not publicized, is vital to rebuilding efforts and getting communities back up and running.

The Editorial Board of the Texas Public Health Journal invites accounts of these efforts in the form of short papers.  We want to highlight the dedication of these Texas heroes who continually safeguard food and water, maintain sanitary conditions and identify and control potential disease threats, even in the face of adversity. Please submit your stories about prevention, preparedness and response when faced with challenges such as the recent natural disaster.

Please submit a 1-2 page summary of efforts you were involved in or observed.  We hope to make this a proactive publication that can be used as a reference in future planning.  Please conclude your summary by addressing the following: 1) Lessons learned and 2) How might TPHA be more effective in the future?

Include your name and agency and obtain approval from any businesses or agencies mentioned.  Please submit to  Attention: Winter 2018 Focused Issue.

                                         DEADLINE for SUBMISSION is December 1, 2017


Texas Public Health Association

P.O. Box 201540
Austin, Texas 78720-1540

(512)336-2520 phone
(512)336-0533 fax