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Posted by Grant McLaughlin  on April 15, 2014

Grant McLaughlin
Vice President

When leaders at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified the threat of disease outbreak, they turned to Booz Allen Hamilton for strategic direction and support to respond to those threats and protect global health. That partnership continues today.

In 2006, after poring over historical data, CDC experts had anticipated the potential for an influenza outbreak. At the time, the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza epizootic was endemic in parts of Asia, Europe, and Africa. Although transmission of H5N1 to and between humans was rare, the CDC was on alert about potential spread to the Americas. Statistically speaking, we were overdue -- the last influenza pandemic was in 1968.

The CDC was concerned about the ability of the nation’s public health laboratories to handle the volume of biospecimen testing that would be needed leading up to, and during, a pandemic. To begin with, testing capacity across CDC and state-level public health laboratories was unknown. Could an undefined capacity match this hard-to-predict demand? Second, nationwide coordination and collaboration between CDC and state laboratories in an outbreak environment has been limited. Finally, workload capacity of the labs would likely be reduced during a pandemic by staff illness and potentially even death.

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Posted by Andrea Inserra  on April 10, 2014

Andrea Inserra
Senior Vice President

National Public Health Week (April 7-11) is a great time to get engaged in joining the effort to ensure that our nation’s servicemen and women, their families, and their communities have access to mental healthcare when they need it. I am privileged to be involved with a terrific organization – Give an Hour – dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This week, Give an Hour hosted a series of events, called “Celebration of Service,” here in Washington, D.C. that gathered together representatives of the military, government, and the corporate, educational, and nonprofit worlds to focus on issues surrounding military mental health. I was proud to see my Booz Allen colleagues painting walls and building shelves on Sunday at Veterans on the Rise, an organization dedicated to eliminating veteran homelessness.

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Posted by Raymond Hensberger  on April 01, 2014

Ray Hensberger
Senior Associate

On the evening of Sunday, October 17, 2004, Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz stepped up to Fenway Park’s storied home plate. It was the bottom of the 12th inning in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series; and the hometown team, as in so many years prior, stood with its back against the wall, down three games to none against its archrival, the New York Yankees. As most baseball fans, and every Bostonian will recall, the Red Sox rallied back that night and went on to beat the historic “curse of the Bambino,” bringing the World Series Championship title back to the city for the first time in 86 years.

The 2004 Boston Red Sox were an experiment in statistics – general manager Theo Epstein had selected his rag-tag team of players by relying on predictive analytics. The self-proclaimed “Idiots” didn’t look like World Series Champions, but the numbers didn’t lie. Ortiz’s walk-off homerun that cold, autumn night in Boston not only served as the catalyst for his team’s curse-breaking run to the World Series but further supported a growing movement in Major League baseball. Consider this: just two years earlier, the Minnesota Twins had released Ortiz after being unable to find a team willing to trade for the slow, 6’4”, 230-pound first baseman. He had performed well at the plate but didn’t fit the league’s traditional view of a premier infielder. In Boston, he became a star.

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Posted by Susan Penfield  on April 01, 2014

Susan Penfield
Executive Vice President

I want to personally thank all of our Civil Health staff for a wonderful year.  You continue to provide excellent client service day-in and day-out with the highest levels of professionalism – building a stronger firm along the way. 

As we look forward to our next fiscal year, it’s fitting that we are also kicking off National Public Health Week (April 7-11) today. As a proud partner of National Public Health Week, we are actively engaged in many efforts to support the public health system, keep our communities safe and healthy, and assist in the development of technologies to advance health. 

For instance, three of the top “lifestyle” conditions identified by Healthy People 2020 that lead to disability are diabetes, mental illness and tobacco use.  The group also cited infectious diseases, foodborne illnesses, and contaminated pharmaceuticals as leading national and international threats.

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