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June 21, 2006

CIVIC Hosts Visit By Hong Kong Official Studying U.S. Public Health Efforts

As part of a three-week study of U.S. public health efforts and research of infectious and communicable diseases, Pui Yin Chiu, M.D., will visit Iowa City June 25-28 to speak with area health officials. The Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) is sponsoring the visit as part of the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program.

As assistant director of the Department of Health in Hong Kong, Chiu coordinates the professional development activities for medical, nursing and allied personnel of the Centre for Health Protection, a body created in the aftermath of the 2002 SARS outbreak to prevent and combat future crises, like an avian influenza outbreak, in Hong Kong.

During her stay, Chiu will speak with faculty and staff members of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and the College of Public Health. In addition, she will meet with the directors of the UI Student Health Service and University Hygienic Laboratory, and consult with Johnson County Department of Public Health staff. Lastly, Chiu plans to visit farms and poultry operations, staying overnight on a local farm.

Through these planned meetings and discussions, CIVIC hopes to fulfill the U.S. State Department's goals for Chiu's visit: to learn about federal, state and local public health efforts and research including identification, tracing and treatment; current epidemic and pandemic threats to the U.S. and global populations involving airborne and waterborne diseases; economic, political and social factors that impact public health policy on infectious diseases; and emergency plans and outbreak management.

CIVIC is one of two organizations in Iowa that support the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program, and is a community organization of volunteers "serving and hosting international visitors as a means to promote international understanding on a person-to-person basis," said CIVIC Executive Director Tom Baldridge.

CIVIC is part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

For a more detailed itinerary of Chiu's visit, call the CIVIC office at 319-335-0351, located in 1111 University Capitol Centre.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, mailto:lois-gray@uiowa.edu;

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Program: Tom Baldridge or Marianne Weiss, 319-335-0351, thomas-baldridge@uiowa.edu; Writer: Erika Binegar.