10th Annual Preparedness Summit Addresses Public Health Threats in an Interconnected World
Atlanta (April 1, 2015) More than 1,800 leaders from local, state, and federal
public health, health care coalitions and volunteer organizations will attend
the 10th annual 2015 Preparedness Summit at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia, from April 14-17. This year's theme is "Global Health Security: Preparing a Nation for
Emerging Threats." Global health security impacts all of us. Health threats that emerge from the
other side of the world can quickly arrive on the doorstep of local health
departments, health care providers, schools, and communities.
The Summit will open with keynote speaker Mike Walker, Senior Consultant
at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security. Mr. Walker will discuss existing
threats and give insight on how to tackle today's challenges based on his more
than 30 years of experience with the Army, White House, U.S. Department of
Defense, and Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Throughout the Summit, attendees will also
hear from current and former senior Administration officials, academics, and industry
experts in the fields of public health safety and security. Nearly 250 learning
sessions, hands-on workshops, and interactive demonstrations will be held at
the Summit.Prominent sessions will
focus on the health effects of climate change and extreme weather, protecting
against Ebola and other infectious diseases, innovative ways to teach
preparedness, the use of technology and social media in emergency response, the
value of strategic partnerships, and managing public health threats among
Highlighted sessions include:
Change and Human Health: Taking Action to Build Resilience (Wednesday, April 15) —a policy town hall with
speakers from the Obama Administration who will engage Summit attendees to
learn about the causes and impacts of climate change and how they relate to
- Joe Scheraga, PhD, Senior Advisor for Climate Adaptation, Office of Policy in the Office
of Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
- George Luber, PhD, Associate Director for Climate Change, Division of Environmental
Hazards and Health Effects, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention
- John Balbus, MD, MPH, Senior Advisor for Public Health, National Institute of Environmental
Health Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Think Globally, Plan,
Respond, and Recover Locally: The U.S. Global Health Security Agenda (Thursday, April 16)—a
panel discussion moderated by new NACCHO Executive Director LaMar Hasbrouck, MD, MPH that explores
the roles various health agencies play amid new global threats and events, such
as MERS Co-V, unaccompanied minors, and Ebola.
- Fred the
Preparedness Dog: Using an Animal to Engage Children in Family and Pet
Preparedness Education (Thursday,
April 16)—a learning session with Michael
McNulty, Director of Homeland Security Operations at the Kansas Department
of Health and Environment, who works with Fred, a service dog that educates
children about family and pet preparedness in Kansas and around the world.Attendees will also get to meet Fred.
- When Health
Threats Hit Home: A Case Study on the State and Local Response to Ebola (Friday, April 17)—a closing plenary of panelists who will
discuss their first-hand experiences responding to and preparing for the deadly
disease, including Lewis Rubinson, MD,
PhD, Clinical Associate Professor of Shock Trauma Center at the University
of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Dr. Rubinson was exposed to Ebola
while treating patients in Sierra Leone and participated in an experimental
treatment administered at the National Institutes of Health to help advance
understanding of the virus.
Media may register onsite to attend the
conference for a day or select sessions. For a full agenda, please visit here. For more information, or to arrange an on-site
interview with any of the above speakers in advance, please contact Jacqueline
Bond at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media are also encouraged
to follow sessions as they happen via Twitter @PREPSummit and use the hashtag #Prep15.
American Red Cross, Association of Public Health Laboratories, Association of
Schools and Programs of Public Health, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and
Response, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Council of
State and Territorial Epidemiologists, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S.
Food and Drug Administration, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, National
Association of County and City Health Officials, and the Medical Reserve Corps
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. For more information about
NACCHO, please visit www.naccho.org.