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Knappton Cove: the Last of the Quarantine Stations

Knappton Cove: the Last of the Quarantine Stations

If you love Public Health Service history like I do, then you're in for a treat! I had the pleasure of discussing what is likely one of the last remaining PHS relics in the United States: the Columbia River Quarantine Station at Knappton Cove. Background  In 1889 the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps was established. Back then, it was the Marine Hospital Service. In 1891 U.S. law mandated that all immigrants coming into the U.S. received a health inspection by a Service physician. This was the era of "Manifest Destiny" and Americans were spreading Westward and more immigrants were...

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How to Sew the COVID-19 Patch to Any Garment

How to Sew the COVID-19 Patch to Any Garment

How to sew the COVID-19 patch for US Public Health Service officers

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How to Fold USPHS Flag

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How to Fold USPHS Flag

If you have a USPHS flag for a shadow box, then you need to fold it a particular way to get part of the USPHS insignia to show through the shadow box.

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Timing Might Be Everything for Surgeon General Nominee Vivek Murthy

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Timing Might Be Everything for Surgeon General Nominee Vivek Murthy

The senate held a hearing for Surgeon General nominee Vivek Murthy on February 25th, 2021. Should he be confirmed, Dr Murthy would return as Surgeon General for a second time. That would be a first in the entire history of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps’s 132 year existence. Interestingly, Murthy achieved many “firsts” while serving as the Surgeon General. Murthy was with the Corps for notable accomplishments like the Ebola and Zika responses. The former earned the Corps its first ever Presidential Unit Citation. Dr. Murthy sent out a historic letter campaign to thousands of prescribers in the...

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USPHS Pharmacy: A Reason to be PHS Proud

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USPHS Pharmacy: A Reason to be PHS Proud

I recently created a U.S. Public Health Service challenge coin for pharmacists...

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