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Media Advisory: HHS Secretary Sebelius, CDC Director Frieden, and Other Top Health Officials to Keynote Public Health Preparedness Summit


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 2/11/10
Contact Alisa Blum
202-507-4277
ablum@naccho.org

 
Media Advisory: HHS Secretary Sebelius, CDC Director Frieden, and Other Top Health Officials to Keynote Public Health Preparedness Summit
Washington, DC (February 11, 2010)—

What
Join hundreds of local health officials and invited guests at the 2010 Public Health Preparedness Summit (www.phprep.org) in Atlanta, GA, as they gather to discuss lessons learned from H1N1, innovative approaches to disaster preparedness, strategies to target at-risk and minority populations when creating disaster response plans, and many other related topics. Media are invited to join conference attendees as they hear from four current federal health officials, a non-profit leader, and a bestselling author over the course of three days.

When
February 16–19, 2010 (see below for specific speaker times)  

Why
Ongoing budget cuts at the federal, state, and local levels, combined with the threat of a real pandemic in H1N1 influenza have given health departments more than their share of experience responding effectively and creatively over the past year.

Who
Kathleen Sebelius, MPA, is the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Sebelius will kick off the Summit’s opening session on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 4:00 P.M. E.S.T.

Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH, is the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Dr. Lurie will speak at the Summit’s opening session on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 4:00 P.M. E.S.T.

Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, is the Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Administrator for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Dr. Frieden will speak on Friday, Feb. 19 at 10:30 A.M. E.S.T.

Michael R. Taylor, JD, is the Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Taylor will speak on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 1:30 P.M. E.S.T.

John M. Barry is a prize-winning and New York Times best-selling author whose books have won more than twenty awards. Mr. Barry will present "History Lessons: H1N1 in a Historical Context—What We Have Learned and What Comes Next" on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 9:00 A.M. E.S.T.

Ana-Marie Jones is the Executive Director of CARD (Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters), a nonprofit created by local community agencies after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in California. Jones will address some of the most pressing issues and opportunities that public health stakeholders face today on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 2:00 P.M. E.S.T.  

How
Members of the media may register to attend the conference or select sessions. For a full agenda and more information, or to set up an on-site interview with any of the above speakers, please contact Alisa Blum at (202) 507-4277 or ablum@naccho.org.

Media are also encouraged to follow sessions as they happen via Twitter @PHPSummit and #PHPSummit.

Summit Partners
Association of Public Health Laboratories, Association of Schools of Public Health, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Emergency Management Association, and Medical Reserve Corps

About the National Association of County and City Health Officials
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation's 2,800 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities.

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