Insider Q&A: Healthcare Ready director on disaster response

When natural disasters strike, quickly getting the right aid to people is difficult at best. Doing so amid the worst pandemic in a century increases that challenge dramatically.

For thousands of Americans displaced this year by hurricanes, floods and wildfires — plus those trying to avoid COVID-19 — getting their drugs and medical supplies has been critical.

Healthcare Ready, a tiny disaster preparedness and response group, serves as a crucial hub for coordinating donations and shipments of medicines, protective gear and other supplies to those in need.

The Associated Press recently talked with its executive director, Nicolette Louissaint.

Q: What led to your group’s formation in 2005?

A: After Hurricane Katrina, there was a lot of frustration. Pharmaceutical companies knew they could do more to help but didn’t know how to get their medicines into shelters, because they didn’t have relationships with law enforcement, public health agencies or the Red

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Sailor Behind Pearl Harbor Shooting Was ‘Insider Threat’ with Underdiagnosed Mental Issues

A sailor’s mental health problems were underdiagnosed and not properly communicated to his command in the months leading up to last year’s fatal shooting at a Hawaii shipyard, a newly released investigation into the attack found.

Navy officials say they still haven’t pinpointed exactly what drove Machinist’s Mate Auxiliary Fireman Gabriel Antonio Romero, a 22-year-old assigned to the fast-attack submarine Columbia, to shoot three civilians at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Dec. 4, 2019.

Romero killed two Defense Department employees that day — Vincent J. Kapoi, a metals inspector apprentice, and Roldan A. Agustin, a shop planner — and injured another using his M4 service rifle. As law enforcement personnel responded within seconds, Romero shot and killed himself using a Navy-issued M9 pistol.

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A 190-page investigation into the murder-suicide found no explanation for why Romero targeted the

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Proven health care provider and administrator will lead Cougar Health Services | WSU Insider

Following a national search, Joel Schwartzkopf has been named executive director of Cougar Health Services (CHS) at Washington State University. He begins his position on Oct. 12.

Schwartzkopf most recently served as interim associate executive director of Colorado State University’s Health Network. He has worked in college health and wellness for the past five years, serving as the immediate past president of the Rocky Mountain College Health Association and co-chairs the American College Health Association’s Leadership Institute.

Schwartzkopf has been a licensed physician’s assistant (PA) since 2006 and has practiced in urgent care and ER medicine. Prior to becoming a PA, he worked as a paramedic, firefighter, and served as a medical officer in the Army National Guard.

Ellen Taylor, associate vice president for student engagement in the Division of Student Affairs, said she is excited that he brings experience both

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Physical and mental fitness key to managing early semester anxieties | WSU Insider

With students navigating a new college landscape filled with many different policies and procedures, University Recreation and Cougar Health Services are ready to help them manage the anxiety such change brings.

Students, faculty and staff are already utilizing the Student Recreation Center (SRC), Chinook Student Center, and Stephenson Fitness Center.

“From a stress management perspective, it is really important to have space for students to exercise and interact with others from a safe distance,” said Joanne Greene, UREC director of programs. “We provide a low-risk option for students to get out of their residence halls and apartments to be active and social.”

A better virtual experience

Greene said there are fitness options

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