Federal Public Health and Homeland Security Officials and Contagion Screenwriter to Address Economic Challenges of Pandemic Threats at Public Health Preparedness Summit
Washington, D.C. (February 14, 2012)
Join more than 1,500 local, state, and federal public health leaders and invited guests at the 2012 Public Health Preparedness Summit in Anaheim, California. Sessions will address this year’s theme: “Regroup, Refocus, Refresh: Sustaining Preparedness in an Economic Crisis” including lessons learned from the response to the Joplin, MO tornado and future expectations for protecting the public health’s in the face of emerging infectious diseases and ongoing budget and workforce reductions.
Media are invited to join conference attendees as they hear from current and former senior Administration officials and academic and industry experts in public health and public safety over the course of three days.
February 21-24, 2012 (speaker times vary)
Hilton Anaheim Hotel, 777 Convention Way, Anaheim, California 92802
Scott Z. Burns, screenwriter for the 2011 box office hit Contagion, will be a keynote panelist for the plenary session titled “Fact or Fiction: The Science Behind Movie Making and Contagion” on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Additional panelists for this plenary will include:
Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Alexander Garza, MD, MPH, Assistant Secretary and Chief Medical Officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Health Affairs
Ali S. Khan, MD, MPH, Assistant Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service (RET) and Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response
W. Ian Lipkin, MD, Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity and John Snow Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University
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 Becky Wexler at (301) 652-1558 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media are also encouraged to follow sessions as they happen via Twitter @PREPSummit and #phps12.
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