NIHS News

Pandemic Project Hosts 2nd Community Workshop

Date:  August 24, 2011

Equipping Kentucky Communities with Tools and Resources for Disaster Resiliency

 

Food and Ag projects featured at the IAFP Conference

Date:  August 17, 2011

Several food and agriculture projects were featured at the IAFP’s (International Association for Food Protection) Annual Meeting.

Optical Detection of Microbial Contamination on Food Matrices Project Making Progress

Date:  August 11, 2011

Dr. Fred Payne with the University of Kentucky and the and the Quality & Safety Assessment Research Unit, USDA ARS, (Athens, GA) is researching the potential for real-time detection, for identification and quantification of microorganisms in food matrices.  These techniques will be investigated for their ability to detect and validate the presence of food borne pathogens in food matrices.

Public Health Projects Featured at the NACCHO Annual Meeting

Date:  August 4, 2011

NIHS exhibited its booth display and featured various public health projects at the NACCHO Annual Meeting in Hartford Connecticut on July 20-22, 2011. NACCHO Annual 2011 was an opportunity to join colleagues for the year’s largest gathering of local health officials in the United States. NACCHO is the only national organization that hosts annual conferences that specifically address the needs and concerns of local health officials.

IMDSS-H Addresses Needs from Johns Hopkins Tabletop Exercise

Date:  July 15, 2011

IMDSS-H, which is led Dr. Jim Gantt with Murray State University is working on a health care extension to the Incident Management Decision Support System (IMDSS™) which is under development on a different contract.  IMDSS-H™ will add the functionality required to collect, process, and visualize public health information and use this information to aid in planning an effective response to potential medical and public health emergencies.    

The Challenge

The task of assuring the security of our homeland involves protecting the citizens of the United States, the nation's critical infrastructure and key assets. This is necessary to sustain the nation's vitality against terrorism and other threats. This protection must originate at the community level. It requires discovering, developing and deploying new technology that will support first responders and key decision makers in local communities.

The Mission

NIHS' mission is to discover, develop and deploy solutions that protect and preserve the critical infrastructure of the nation's communities.

The Institute

NIHS aligns projects and research objectives with the needs and requirements of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The strategy is to manage a distributed research enterprise that effectively transitions research and development into solutions. NIHS works with DHS to determine technology needs at the community level. Then, teams are quickly assembled from multiple universities to develop solutions to the needs.

The Strategy

Through management of the Kentucky Critical Infrastructure Protections Program (KCI), the National Institute for Hometown Security (NIHS) provides an ongoing, integrated program dedicated to developing new technologies and devices. NIHS works through qualified academic institutions to accomplish the technological objectives.