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Learn about ASPPH-members’ Preparedness Work at the 2015 Preparedness Summit

Presentations from faculty at ASPPH member schools and programs of public health, including faculty from the CDC-funded Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC) and Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers (PERRC), will be featured at this month in Atlanta. The 2015 Summit, Global Health Security: Preparing a Nation for Emerging Threats, is hosted by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and sponsored by several partner organizations, including ASPPH. As a partner organization, ASPPH had an opportunity to serve on the Summit’s planning committee. Mr. Patrick Gardner, University of South Florida College of Public Health PERLC, graciously represented ASPPH along with Ms. Rachel Eisenstein, ASPPH program manager, on the committee.

ASPPH-member led sessions will be held from Tuesday, April 14 – Friday, April 17. Presenters will showcase their work through learning sessions, workshops, and posters. A sample of session topics include public health preparedness for vulnerable populations and community resilience, tools and resources to assist practitioners in preparing for and responding to a disaster, and examining factors leading to volunteers’ willingness to assist during an emergency. For a list of ASPPH-member led sessions, please view this schedule.

In addition, ASPPH will be hosting a town hall titled Ensuring Workforce Readiness in Responding to Global Health Threats: Examples of Governmental Public Health and Academia Working Together on Thursday, April 16 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. The town hall will highlight how CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health are working with partners, especially governmental public health agencies, to assure that the workforce is adequately prepared to respond and prevent epidemics, specifically global health threats. Panelists include Dr. Elena Savoia, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health PERLC, Ms. Margaret Potter, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health PERRC, and Dr. Jennifer Griffith, Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health PERLC. Accompanying each of the panelists will be a practice partner from a governmental public health agency. The session will be moderated by Dr. Daniel Sosin, deputy director and chief medical officer, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More information about the Summit, including registration information and agenda, can be found online at