Humanity Road Partners with CDC for Preparedness Campaign

The CDC Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response invited Humanity Road to participate in National Preparedness Month 2014 throughout the month of September. This is a month long nationwide campaign focused on encouraging people to prepare for emergencies and natural disaster.

Christine Chen, MD, MPH

Christine Chen, MD, MPH

Humanity Road is supporting this campaign by promoting Preparedness Month, distributing Public Health Preparedness and Response messaging, emergency preparedness for pets messaging, and participating in the Twitter Chat on this topic on September 10 at 3pm EST.

Behind the scenes, supporting this campaign, include two new Humanity Road volunteers, Christine Chen and Belinda Smith.


Belinda Smith, MPH

Christine Chen, MD, MPH is a research analyst at Harvard School of Public Health, where she earned her MPH in Global Health. Prior to that, she studied Medicine at National Taiwan University. Her interests include health programming, disaster management and policy development in emergency preparedness and response. Christine joined Humanity Road in August 2014 and has been monitoring disasters, researching and amplifying information via social media. She is currently assisting the organization’s collaborative preparedness campaign with the CDC and tweets under @ChristinexChen

Belinda Smith, MPH is a health communication specialist contractor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Her primary roles include communications around seasonal flu vaccination and pandemic preparedness. Her interests include risk communication, emergency preparedness, and communication research.

Belinda and Christine are new volunteers with Humanity Road on the Vulnerable Population team which covers Disabilities, Accessibility and Functional Needs under hashtag #DAFN.  The Vulnerable Population team is led by Ms. Alice McGowen.

Also supporting the campaign is our Animals in Disaster Team.  Our beloved @jAiddog and @Disasteranimals will join the twitter chat on September 10 as well as helping support the CDC’s campaign week Sept 21 – 27th with emergency preparedness information for pets.  the Animals in Disaster Team is led by Ms. Cindy Becker.

Want to know how you can help?
• Join us for a Twitter Chat on Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations on September 10 at 3pm EST. Use #CDCprep and #DAFN to connect to the conversation!
• Interested in volunteering? Start by visiting Humanity Road’s volunteer page.

Humanity Road Salutes International Assistance Dog Week 2014

By Alice McGowen, Disabilities, Accessibility & Functional Needs Program Lead for Humanity Road

WASHINGTON, DC , August 2, 2014 | In honor of International Assistance Dog Week, Humanity Road is supporting an awareness campaign in social media. This year during International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) August 3-9, 2014 we are celebrating assistance dogs in the workplace and recognizing heroic deeds performed by assistance dogs in our communities. Follow along in social media in Facebook and Twitter under hashtag #DAFN and #IADW as we recognize and honor assistance dogs around the world, raise awareness and educate the public about assistance dogs.

International Assistance Dog Week Aug 3 - 9, 2014

Follow #DAFN Hashtag in Twitter and Facebook

International Assistance Dog Week was created to recognize all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability related limitations. In addition to honoring assistance dogs during their special week, one of the goals is to raise awareness about these very special and highly trained animals.

We hope everyone can join us to celebrate the selfless love and devotion these dogs provide. Approximately 57 million Americans have a disability. There are more people with disabilities living in America than the entire population of Canada or the Caribbean. The number of Americans with vision impairments is comparable to the entire population of Switzerland, and there are more Americans with hearing impairments than in all of Denmark, Paraguay or Hong Kong. If you take the population of Ireland and cut it in half, that’s roughly the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s or other neurocognitive disorders. Additionally, more Americans with disabilities require the assistance of others to perform basic activities of daily living than the entire population of Greece

“Humanity Road is committed to shining the light on service dogs which empower accessibility and support functional needs for thousands of people daily. We are committed to sharing information that is relevant, and timely for citizens with functional needs.” Says Alice McGowen, team lead for the Disabilities, Accessibility & Functional Needs (#DAFN) program at Humanity Road.

Alice has been disabled for 21 years and has had two service Dogs.  She is trained in CDC Crisis and Emergency Risk Communications (CERC), ADA Accessible Assembly Areas and is the recipient of the 2013 Gold Presidential Service award for humanitarian service.

Assistance Dogs transform the lives of their human partners with debilitating physical and mental disabilities by serving as their devoted companion, helper, aide, best friend and close member of their family. Assistance dogs include Guide Dogs, Service Dogs, Hearing Alert Dogs, Seizure Alert/Response Dogs and Medical Alert/Response Dogs.

International Assistance Dog Week was established due to the efforts of Marcie Davis, a paraplegic for over 35 years and CEO of Davis Innovations, a consulting firm based in Santa Fe, NM. Davis is the author of Working Like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook, a resource book that captures personal stories, checklists and practical tips to provide the reader with an A-Z guide about service dogs and she is the host of the Internet radio program, Working Like Dogs, at As a member of a service dog team, she founded Working Like Dogs to honor assistance dogs around the world.