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Reflecting on Decision-Making During the 2009 H1N1 Influenza Epidemic

June 30, 2009. In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, a panel of presenters from health departments in Montana, Oregon, and Washington respectively, discuss decision-making processes during the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak.

Quick Facts

Topics: Epidemiology, Infectious Disease & Immunizations

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

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Description

In spring 2009, health departments around the world were challenged by an outbreak of influenza caused by a recently recognized influenza A H1N1 virus. In this one hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, a panel of presenters from health departments in Montana, Oregon, and Washington respectively, discuss decision-making processes during the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak. They detail how those decisions came from plans to respond to pandemic influenza, and how the plans might be modified to respond to future influenza outbreaks.

Air date: June 30, 2009

Learning Objectives

  • Describe at least three steps taken by state health departments in response to an influenza outbreak
  • Recognize that outbreak response plans should be implemented with flexibility
  • Compare and contrast the approaches to a springtime influenza outbreak taken by three state health departments
  • Understand how to develop methods for rapid assessment of transmission patterns of a novel influenza virus
  • Understand how to establish influenza surveillance in anticipation of a "second wave" of a pandemic

Intended Audience

Local and state public health practitioners

Slides

Quick Facts

Topics: Epidemiology, Infectious Disease & Immunizations

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

Presenters

Katrina Hedberg, MD, MPH, is currently the Interim State Epidemiologist & Administrator with the Public Health Division of the Oregon Department of Human Services. Dr. Hedberg received her undergraduate degree from Yale University, her medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University, and her Master's of Public Health Degree from the University of Washington. Dr. Hedberg has worked in a variety of programs at the Department of Human Services, including HIV/AIDS, Communicable Disease Prevention, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Tuberculosis Control, and Communicable Disease Preparedness.

Steven Helgerson, MD, MPH, is currently the State Medical Officer and the Medical Director of the Medicaid Program, Department of Public Health and Human Services in Montana. Dr. Helgerson received his MD degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine and MPH from the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine. He is Board Certified in Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

Anthony Marfin, MD, MPH, MA, earned his Medical Doctor and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of California. He trained in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine. Currently, he is the Washington State Epidemiologist for Communicable Diseases. Dr. Marfin served as a Medical Epidemiologist for 14 years with CDC in four different divisions (Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases, Global Migration and Quarantine, STD Prevention, and Influenza). Most recently, he was assigned to the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit in Egypt as an influenza subject matter expert.

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