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While Congress debates a multibillion-dollar investment in response to the Ebola outbreak, it is clear that one of the areas that will be front and center is the expansion of our ability to scale public health response. One focus of such investments will be the enhancement of containment facilities in hospitals across the U.
Even with increasing attention to antimicrobial resistance in hospitals with rising threats from MRSA, and the concomitant increase in requisite containment infrastructure, our public health architecture will struggle to respond to large-scale outbreaks and the potential of thousands if not millions of sick people in need of critical care. A second public health crisis that has not been managed effectively is playing out on campuses across the U.
It is manifesting with similar numbers, but on a timescale that is hardly observable in the context of the Ebola crisis.
The mental health crisis in our young population is a chronic public health situation that touches a startling number of students on U. Over 80 percent of students surveyed on campuses report severe stress levels with a majority reporting feeling overwhelmed.
The result is a significant rise in the numbers of students accessing campus health-care systems and, of most concern, an alarming rise in suicides. Tragically, CSU has not gone untouched by any aspect of this crisis. In response to this insidious public health emergency or predicament , campuses all over the country have increased their investments in scaling the health-care system, including adding counselors and programs, to meet the growing demand.
Nevertheless, there is considerable discussion as to whether we will be truly able to adequately meet the requirements of this crisis.
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Of gravest concern is that the most severely affected often do not access the system. These two divergent but related situations suggest that scaling our public health system will have to come from new ways to meet the rising demands of both acute and chronic public health care crises.
In contemplating the increasing potential for technology to play a role in public health response, it seems addressing the common issue in both these cases requires attention to how to deliver effective health care with reduced human workforce and how best to insert systems that can reach those who have yet to reach out for information or care.
One avenue recently under exploration involves the increased use of automation, robotics, and information systems. Advances in other sectors, such as electronics, aerospace and automobile manufacturing, provide ripe opportunities to employ increased automation in hospital settings for tasks currently performed by health-care workers.
Critical functions such as patient bathing and cleaning could be automated to limit health-care worker exposure to highly contagious patient effluents. Decontamination of hospital surfaces and facilities could also be automated using robotics, thereby further decreasing the spread of contagion. Notably, the upcoming International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Seattle includes several sessions on automating the public health system with robotics and automation.
Chapter 2 explains the methods and provides details on the geography of the site, as well as on how ethnography was conducted, while the chapter after that offers a historical overview of land tenure between — Chapter 4 makes connections between current famine discourses and the s Occupation [End Page ] experience, while the fifth chapter argues that Trikalinoi are much less inclined to remember the Civil War that followed the Occupation.
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Chapter 6 ponders on forms of protest associated with food claims and discourses, and makes references to suicide. Chapters 7 and 8 are concerned with changes, in the move from prosperity to crisis in both the public sphere and private life in Trikala, especially considering social status. The brief final chapter concludes with thoughts on time and crisis.
The book suggests that the residents of Trikala, a town in the agricultural region of Thessaly, Central Greece, experience the hardships that austerity measures brought about in their material circumstances by evoking past events, and drawing on comparisons and analogies from a temporal setting of uneasiness.
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The lived memory of the Great Famine during the Axis Occupation is here a primary point of reference in local understanding. For most people, this memory is transmogrified through the narratives of those more senior. Indeed, most people seem to refer to the peina hunger of that semantic period making comparisons with their current conditions of life. Memory is selective, however. Knight suggests that the significant decade of the s is not only remembered and relived, but also partly forgotten.
The ethnographer claims that the Greek Civil War —; or by other accounts, — is a period little pondered by contemporary Trikalinoi, although some of its significant events took place in their town. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.
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