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Planning for Pandemic Influenza

October 21, 2004. In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, John Kobayashi, MD, and a panel of public health workers, examine the science, public information and preparedness planning aspects of pandemic flu.

Quick Facts

Topics: Emergency Preparedness & Disasters, Infectious Disease & Immunizations

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

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Description

What is the risk of pandemic influenza in the Northwest? How will we know when it's here? How should public health professionals be preparing for this public health threat? In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, John Kobayashi, MD, and a panel of public health workers, examine the science, public information and preparedness planning aspects of pandemic flu.

Air date: October 21, 2004

Learning Objectives

  • Define several differences between inter-pandemic and pandemic influenza
  • Describe three events that will likely occur during emergence of pandemic influenza
  • Identify three challenges to a public heath response to pandemic influenza

Intended Audience

State and local level public health professionals, especially public health nurses, health care providers, epidemiologists and public health managers, or any staff involved in Pandemic Influenza planning.

Slides

Quick Facts

Topics: Emergency Preparedness & Disasters, Infectious Disease & Immunizations

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

Presenters

John Kobayashi, MD, is a member of the Clinical Faculty, Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, University of Washington School of Public Health & Community Medicine. He is also the Advisor for the Field Epidemiology Training Program of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo, Japan. In 1979, he became an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. From 1982 to 2001, he was the State Epidemiologist for Communicable Diseases at the Washington State Department of Health.

Todd Damrow, PhD, MPH, is the Montana State Epidemiologist, serving in that role since 1991. He received his BS in Microbiology from the University of Wisconsin and his PhD in Microbiology from the University of Montana. He also earned an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Washington. Prior to his work in Montana, he was a Microbiologist/Communicable Disease Epidemiologist for the Washington State Department of Health from 1984 to 1991.

Susan Keady, RN, MS, is a Nurse Epidemiologist with the State of Alaska, Division of Public Health, Section of Epidemiology in infectious disease investigation and emergency preparedness. Susan went to Alaska nine years ago as an itinerant public health nurse based in Fairbanks. Along with pandemic influenza coordinator Ann Marie Bailey, she is working on the first pandemic flu plan for Alaska.

Cheryl Juntunen, MS, RN, is the Director for South Central District Health. She has served as Director for 13 years and been with the agency for 27. She has represented Idaho on the Northwest Regional Network Steering Committee for Workforce Development during the past four years. She currently serves on the Public Health Foundation Board of Directors, the Minidoka Memorial Hospital Board, the Idaho Perinatal Project Advisory Committee and serves as Kiwanis Club President.

Michael Skeels, PhD, MPH, has worked in public health since 1977. He is currently Director of the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory, and has held similar positions in the Montana and New Mexico state health departments. He also directed the Oregon State Health Division from 1990-1994. He was among the first class of scholars in the CDC Public Health Leadership Institute. Dr. Skeels is a Clinical Professor at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, and has authored numerous publications in the fields of laboratory practice, newborn metabolic screening, epidemiology, and public health administration.

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