Johns Hopkins Study: Health Officer Harassment Impedes Public Health

Findings from the "The Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Civic Life and Public Health Survey" suggest faith in public health officials and institutions is eroding, undermining ongoing COVID-19 response efforts. The survey results, released on July 29, noted a significant percentage of 1,086 adult respondents, 21%, believed that threatening public health officials for business closures to slow COVID-19 transmission was justified. Said responses were taken in July and August of 2021. They represent a significant spike…

Comments Off on Johns Hopkins Study: Health Officer Harassment Impedes Public Health
How Some States Are Using COVID Relief Funds to Support Child Care

New research from the National Association of School Boards of Education shows that federal COVID relief aid is being spent on compensation, mental health supports, and professional development for early childhood educators.  The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated existing challenges in early childhood education -- namely a shortage of quality, safe institutions and industry professionals. In fact, according to ChildCare Aware of America, 9% of licensed child care centers closed between December 2019 and March 2021. States around the county…

Comments Off on How Some States Are Using COVID Relief Funds to Support Child Care
Following Federal Approval, State Recommends Use of Novavax COVID Vaccine

On July 27th, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) circulated a health provider bulletin detailing updates to Maryland’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan, including a recommendation to administer the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine.  The Novavax product received emergency use authorization (EUA) through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 13th. According to the MDH bulletin, providers should provide a primary series of the Novavax vaccine to individuals 18 years of age and older. Neither the FDA nor…

Comments Off on Following Federal Approval, State Recommends Use of Novavax COVID Vaccine
Southern Maryland’s Resiliency Depends on Tourism
Courtesy of Don Shomette, Charles County website
Southern Maryland’s Resiliency Depends on Tourism

A recent Southern Maryland Chronicle article highlights tourism's important role in Maryland, with a particular focus on the state's southern region. According to the Chronicle, tourism accounts for more than 150,000 jobs across Maryland. In 2018, 41.9 million people visited the state and spent $18.1 billion. Moreover, before the COVID-19 pandemic, Southern Maryland saw a boost in its tourism economy thanks to a steady increase in visitorship. The Chronicle notes, "Southern Maryland welcomed 36.1 million…

Comments Off on Southern Maryland’s Resiliency Depends on Tourism
HHS to Hold Summit on the Future of COVID Vaccines

On Tuesday, July 26th, the United States Department of Health and Human Services will host the "White House Summit on the Future of COVID-19 Vaccines." The online event will be held over Zoom from 11 AM to 3:15 PM EST. HHS provided the following synopsis for the event: The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates the critical importance of vaccines in saving lives and protecting the economy. Our vaccines continue to protect Americans against serious illness. At the…

Comments Off on HHS to Hold Summit on the Future of COVID Vaccines
Research Confirms It’s Time to Rethink How We Hire

The public sector, including county governments, finds itself at a turning point in the pandemic-induced evolving labor market. Here, we discuss new research and suggestions on how to successful recruit in the current environment. While Maryland’s overall unemployment rate has reached its lowest point since before the COVID-19 pandemic, counties are still universally struggling to hire in the increasingly complex and competitive market. According to new research from McKinsey & Company, these challenges are felt across fields…

Comments Off on Research Confirms It’s Time to Rethink How We Hire
Baltimore City Awards $3.4M in COVID Relief to 120 Local Nonprofits

Baltimore City's additional $3.4 million in COVID-19 relief funds comes as the next round of distributions made through the City’s $8.3 million investment into the Baltimore Civic Fund’s Nonprofit Relief Fund, first announced last November. On July 20, Mayor Brandon M. Scott and the Baltimore Civic Fund announced $3.4 million in additional pandemic relief funding for nonprofit organizations serving Baltimore residents. 120 Baltimore nonprofit organizations will receive grant awards of up to $50,000, made available…

Comments Off on Baltimore City Awards $3.4M in COVID Relief to 120 Local Nonprofits
Health and Technology: The Future of Healthcare

The pandemic has highlighted the need for continued coordination of health and human services resources and data for the safety and wellbeing of Marylanders. As a result, the state has developed a tool, an online cloud-based platform, opening channels of communication previously unavailable to state and county operatives. Title: Health and Technology: The Future of Healthcare Description: A renewed and intensified focus on public health has forced state and local governments to rethink how they deliver critical,…

Comments Off on Health and Technology: The Future of Healthcare
As Congress Takes Action, FDA Promotes Safety of Increased Baby Formula Imports

On Friday, July 15th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill temporarily suspending tariffs on baby formula imports. The bill passed 421-2 with broad bipartisan support. A similar bill passed through the U.S. Senate earlier this year. According to The Hill, previously enacted legislation had "permanently eased restrictions on the types of baby formula that people who are part of the federal low-income assistance program for women, children and infants can purchase." Meanwhile, on…

Comments Off on As Congress Takes Action, FDA Promotes Safety of Increased Baby Formula Imports
Alsobrooks Joins Regional Podcast to Talk About the Future of the Economy

Recently, Prince George's County Executive and MACo board member Angela Alsobrooks joined the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government's podcast to discuss the region's economic future. County Executive Angela Alsobrooks joined several other regional leaders for the ninth episode of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government's podcast, Think Regionally. The episode was released on July 12. The episode centered on the sate of the region's economy and "new efforts to promote long-term economic growth and inclusive prosperity." The podcast episode's…

Comments Off on Alsobrooks Joins Regional Podcast to Talk About the Future of the Economy
Close Menu