We are all trying our best to lower our chances of contracting COVID-19, but certain circumstances still place us at risk. Occupational Health Services has been serving the NCI at Frederick and Frederick National Laboratory community by answering questions about the coronavirus and offering guidance on how to handle specific situations, like being exposed to the virus, living with someone who is sick, or traveling from another state or country. Here is some information that can help you make the right choices to keep you and your coworkers safe.
Health and Safety
As we try to stay connected to work, friends, and family while social distancing, we’re reaching for our cell phones more often—but is there any reason to worry? The best evidence says no.
For Kelly J. Lockard Toms, an associate in Occupational Health Services, Cervical Cancer Awareness Month is every month. Education and outreach efforts for cervical cancer are usually observed during the month of January. But as a cervical cancer survivor, Lockard Toms never misses an opportunity to educate women about the disease—and what can be a simple way to prevent it.
Jim Cherry, Ph.D., is the scientific program director for the Office of Scientific Operations under the NCI Office of the Director. He attended Shepherd College on a football scholarship where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He earned a Master of Science in biotechnology from The Johns Hopkins University and a doctorate in biology with a concentration in biomedical science from The Catholic University of America. He specializes in molecular biology.
As part of Occupational Health Services’ ongoing workplace wellness program, Poster will highlight employees who are committed to health and wellness. This edition features Dr. Ethan Dmitrovsky, president of Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc., and laboratory director of the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and NCI at Frederick is marking the occasion with several events. Occupational Health Services (OHS) is hosting a table at the weekly farmers’ market, two survivors’ walks, and “pink shirt” days throughout the month.
Sleep is a vital but often overlooked aspect of our daily routines. We all want to feel rejuvenated in the morning, but as work and school become increasingly demanding, too many of us neglect proper rest to make time for more “productive” hours.
You may not know it, but NIH provides a variety of family and personal resources, like child, adult, and family care, financial and legal planning, and identity theft assistance to all its employees. These services extend beyond the NIH main campus to employees in all locations, including the NCI at Frederick and Shady Grove.
Measles, also known as rubeola, is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable viral infection that has been under the spotlight because of the record number of cases in the United States this year. Due to a growing lack of vaccination compliance and global travel that is facilitating the spread of this highly infectious pathogen, well over 1,000 individual cases have been confirmed across at least 30 states in 2019.
Distributing lifesaving antibiotics to 9,000 people within 24 hours of a bioterrorism attack is among the responsibilities of the Environment, Health and Safety Directorate of the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. With that life-or-death mission in mind, EHS ran a drill on July 19 at the NCI at Frederick in response to a simulated attack.