CONTACT: DEBRA VENZKE
UI COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Release: March 26, 2002
NOTE TO EDITORS: Reporters interested in attending this conference should
call the UI Center for Conferences and Institutes at (319) 335-4141 or toll
free (800) 551-9029.
UI to host public health preparedness conference April 8
How the state of Iowa can improve its readiness for bioterrorism and other
public health threats is the topic of the conference, "New Models for
a New Reality: Improving Iowa's Preparedness Capacity," to be held Monday,
April 8, at the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City.
The conference will bring together leaders in health, education, government,
law, finance and communications to share their experiences and knowledge gained
from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and subsequent threats, and to discuss
strategies for strengthening Iowa's preparedness capacity.
"We must build on the experiences our nation suffered last year to
ensure that we are better prepared should another assault take place,"
said Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness director Christopher Atchison,
University of Iowa College of Public Health associate dean for public health
practice and associate professor of health management and policy. "This
meeting brings together those who can point out lessons we've learned with
those who can help shape Iowa policy, and thereby help protect all Iowans
in the future."
U.S. Rep. Jim Leach (R-Iowa) is scheduled to speak on the policy environment
for preparedness, and U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) will address the conference
via videotape. Other scheduled speakers include Armond Mascelli, senior director
of disaster services, American Red Cross; Steven Garner, M.D., senior vice
president and chief medical officer, Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers,
Jamaica, N.Y.; and Anthony Moulton, director, public health law program, Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Leaders and administrators from Iowa's hospitals and other health care organizations,
emergency management personnel, environmental health specialists, extension
staff, law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical responders, laboratorians,
nurses, pharmacists, veterinarians, environmental health specialists, local
and state government officials, and those with an interest in the state's
preparedness capacity are invited to attend the conference.
The conference is jointly sponsored by the UI College of Public Health's
Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness through a grant received from the
CDC; the Center for Health Policy and Research; and the UI Colleges of Medicine
and Pharmacy, in cooperation with the College of Nursing.
To register, contact the UI Center for Conferences and Institutes toll free
at (800) 551-9029 or (319) 335-4141. A web site with conference and registration
information is available at www.public-health.uiowa.edu/icphp/conference/preparedness_conf.html.