By Melanie Padgett Powers, writer

In 2017, Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, forcing public health professionals to rebuild their infrastructure and programs. In a September 29 APHL 2020 Virtual Conference session, “A Step Ahead of Threats: Rebuilding Public Health Systems,” attendees learned how public health departments in the two US territories tackled the massive challenge.

“Rebuilding requires a pretty strong commitment,” said presenter Brett Ellis, PhD, MSPH, the territorial laboratory director for the US Virgin Islands Territorial Public Health Laboratory. …read more