Kwame Kilpatrick: An American Autopsy

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Section One: Kwame Kilpatrick (337 words)
One of the characters in Detroit: An American Autopsy, Kwame Kilpatrick, is one of the many corrupt politicians of Detroit, Michigan that is often mentioned in Charlie LeDuff’s book that can be directly associated with the branch of public health. This character serves to draw attention to that changes that need to be made regarding the struggling city of Detroit’s public health policies and management. Kwame Kilpatrick, a past mayor of Detroit, was involved in numerous scandals published in the press, and gained a well-known reputation for being both a criminal and a pimp. The thirty-eight-year-old black man was accused of stealing millions of dollars from the city, having an affair with his chief
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The authors highlight that the synchronized efforts of various offices are needed to accomplish this, and they also address the impact that cultural differences may cause between public health and emergency management regarding the overall success of these organizations. This main purpose of this article is to examine how public health and emergency management vary in their approach to laws and policies, and how these differences can negatively affect their preparedness to respond to critical situations. This study was accomplished by conducting 144 interviews with public health and emergency management officials on both the state and local level between the time frame of April 2008 and November 2009. The researchers then used qualitative analysis to compare and contrast the characteristics of each organization and their approach to legitimate public health preparedness. The resulting data was found to show two conflicting approaches to public health law. The public health approach was distinguished by perceived unpredictability with respect to legal power over the methods of preparedness planning, presumption of guidance on interpreting public health laws, and the extension of anxiety regarding the placing of liability. The emergency management approach was characterized by the impression of wide legal authority, flexible connotation of public health law, and moral concerns pertaining to the violation of an individual’s freedom and confidentiality. Botoseneanu, Wu, Wasserman, and Jacobson concluded that “Distinct interpretations of preparedness law impede effective collaboration for PH preparedness. Clarification of legal authority mandates, designation within laws of scope of preparedness activities and guidance on interpretation of current federal and state laws are needed.” (2010, p. 361). These results are clearly

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