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MEDIA ADVISORY: CDC Director Frieden and FEMA Deputy Administrator Serino Join Other Top Health and National Security Officials at Public Health Preparedness Summit

Contact Alisa Blum
MEDIA ADVISORY:  CDC Director Frieden and FEMA Deputy Administrator Serino Join Other Top Health and National Security Officials at Public Health Preparedness Summit

Washington, D.C. (Feb. 17, 2011)

WHAT:  Join more than 2,000 local, state, and federal public health leaders and invited guests at the 2011 Public Health Preparedness Summit (http://www.phprep.org/2011/) in Atlanta, as they gather to discuss issues related to this year’s theme:  The National Health Security Strategy—Building a Resilient Nation. Among the topics discussed will be lessons learned from the response to the 2009–2010 H1N1 influenza virus and the Haiti earthquake, how to build and sustain the capabilities that will enable the nation to achieve national health security, and many other related themes. Media are invited to join conference attendees as they hear from seven current and former senior Administration officials in public health and public safety over the course of three days.

WHERE:  Atlanta Marriott Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303

WHEN: Feb. 22–25, 2011 (see below for specific speaker times) 

WHY: The release of the National Health Security Strategy (NHSS) late last year and the companion Biennial Implementation Plan (BIP) present significant public health preparedness initiatives that have implications at all levels of government and the private sector. The Summit provides an opportunity for attendees to better understand the goals and objectives of these two plans and provide feedback to national leaders to further inform the future development of these initiatives.

WHO:   Richard Serino, is Deputy Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  Serino will kick off the Summit’s opening session on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 8:30 AM. His keynote is titled, “Engaging the Whole of Community to Build a Resilient Nation.”

Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, is 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 about “Moving Forward: Defining the National Standard for State and Local Public Health Preparedness” on Friday, Feb. 25 at 10:30 AM.

Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH, is Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Dr. Lurie will deliver opening comments for a plenary session titled, “Engaging in a Community Dialog: Reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 8:30 AM.

Additional panelists for this plenary will include:

Alexander Garza, MD, MPH, is Assistant Secretary and Chief Medical Officer, Office of Health Affairs, Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Robert Kadlec, MD, MA, Vice President, PRTM Management Consultants, LLC, was formerly a Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security. 

Ali S. Khan, MD, MPH, is Assistant Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service and Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Brian Kamoie, JD, MPH, is Senior Director for Preparedness Policy for the National Security Staff at The White House.

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 using @prepsummit and #PHPS11, or on the blog at http://phprep.wordpress.com/.

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 & City Health Officials, National Emergency Management Association, and Medical Reserve Corps

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