WRITER: Amy Couteé
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
283 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8034
Global Health Conference on outbreak intervention to be hosted by
the University of Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Global Outbreak Intervention: Field Epidemiology
and Organized Responses to Infection" is the topic of the 1998 Global
Health Conference to be held Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5 at
the University of Iowa.
The conference, which will be held in Galligan Auditorium of the Dental
Sciences Building, is open to community members, and all UI students, faculty
and staff interested in international health issues.
International and regional experts from the World Health Organization
(WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Iowa Department
of Public Health will be featured at the conference.
On Friday, the event kicks off with the keynote address from Dr. Mark
White of the CDC. White will discuss "The Evolution of Field Epidemiology:
From Pure 'Pei' to Impact-Oriented Programs" at 1:15 p.m.
"There are several exceptional people coming," says conference
coordinator Robin Ungar, program associate in the Center for International
Rural and Environmental Health (CIREH). "One of the really important
things we arranged was to have breakout sessions with the speakers leading
the discussions. This will enable students and participants to explore
their own questions a little further, get to know these people and learn
a little bit about their involvement with these issues."
Discussion topics during the three-day conference include: surveillance
and outbreak detection; hepatitis A field investigation in Iowa; infections
that occur in the hospitals known as nosocomial infections; laboratory
support and coordination; the role of the media in dissemination of field
epidemiology information; and the legal, ethical and practical limitations
of field epidemiology.
On Saturday, the conference begins at 8:15 a.m., and on Sunday it starts
at 8:30 a.m. Friday's session includes a dinner and reception.
Registration is required by Tuesday, March 31. The student fee is $7.50
and the faculty, staff and general public fee is $20. Fees include conference
materials, lunch on Saturday, breakfasts and coffee breaks. Friday evening's
dinner and reception is included in the student fee but is an additional
$15 for faculty, staff and public participants. Registration forms are
available in room 256 of the International Center. UI participants are
eligible for one semester of academic credit for attending all sessions
and completing a three-page paper.
The conference is sponsored by the UI International Programs, CIREH,
the U.S. Department of Education, the UI Office of the Provost for Health
Sciences and the UI Environmental Health Science Research Center (EHSRC).
For registration materials or more information call Ungar at (319) 335-2820
or Allison Wright at (319) 335-2825.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI sponsored
events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation
in order to participate in this program please contact the UI Office of
Continuing Medical Education at (319) 335-8598.