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June 11, 2014

The Atlantic hosts “Going Viral: Keeping Communities Healthy Through Public Health Emergency Preparedness”

Filed under: Public Health & Medical Care — by Arnold Bogis on June 11, 2014

By the time you read this post, you are likely too late to go to this event (sorry…I just learned about it yesterday).  However, there is a live webcast involved and I am hoping for a video to post when it ends. See the end of the following announcement from The Atlantic for video and twitter information.

The program will feature a one-on-one interview with Irwin Redlener, MD, Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Institute and Professor of Health Policy & Management and Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University.  Following the interview, Redlener will join with Eric Toner, MD, Senior Associate at the UPMC Center for Health Security, for a broader conversation on how public and private sectors can support each other to reduce risks, respond to crises, and enable healthier living. GSK is the underwriter of the event.

Media interested in attending the event should contact The Atlantic’s Alexi New (anew@theatlantic.com). For those unable to attend in person, the event will be webcast live via The Atlantic’s Events Channel.  Follow the conversation on Twitter via @Atlantic_LIVE#GoingViral.

Going Viral: Keeping Communities Healthy Through Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
8:30 – 10:00 AM (8:00 AM Guest Arrival and Registration)

National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW – 13th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20045

Webcast Link:http://bit.ly/1hyM7iR
Follow the conversation on Twitter:@Atlantic_LIVE#GoingViral


8:30 am Welcome Remarks

  • Emily Akhtarzandi, Managing Director, The Atlantic
  • William Schuyler, Vice President for Government Relations, GSK

8:35 am Interview

  • Irwin Redlener, Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Earth Institute; Professor of Health Policy & Management and Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University
  • Moderated by: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic

9:00 am Panel Discussion

  • Andrew GarrettDirector, National Disaster Medical System, Office of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Irwin Redlener, Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Earth Institute; Professor of Health Policy & Management and Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University
  • Robin Robinson, Director, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Eric Toner, Senior Associate, UPMC Center for Health Security
  • Moderated by: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic

UPDATE: Video of the event is now available here: http://www.theatlantic.com/live/events/going-viral/2014/

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Comment by Christopher Tingus

June 11, 2014 @ 11:47 am

Breaking News:

Iraqi security officials tell the AP that the Levant, an Al Qaeda-aligned militant group, has taken control of the northern city of Tikri. The militants earlier this week seized control of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city.

Folks, this failed US policy from this Exec WH must be now questioned by far more than me – The “Benghazi Massacre” – the release of high ranking operatives from Gitmo – the millions sent to the Muslim Brotherhood and the relationship between Barry Obama and the Muslim Brotherhood and this bowing to Muslim sovereignty, busloads of South Americans being bused now in Phoenix by approval of WH and AG while others wait two years and more to gain entry legally to this nation…this Chicago-Hollywood-Washington” charade no matter what you supposed political affiliation, folks when it comes to Homeland Security issues and concerns, this breaking news adds weight to the fact that We here on “Main Street USA” have much real dire consequences as a result of this intentional disregard of Constitution and enforcing our laws –

You talk about “Health Emergency Preparedness” herein while I talk of “House Arrest of Barry Obama, the AG and Ms. Hillary” for breach of faith, treason and you have an administration busing villages of South Americans and more to come these next two and three weeks being dropped off in Phoenix and who knows where else with no health examinations, no jobs, not citizens of this nation and no other nation would allow one of us to go undocumented and support such outrageousness –

We are being besieged from with and again, if this continues, then it should be the US military if the politicians we have entrusted by precious vote cannot and do not care to protect our Rights and Constitution, then it should be the US military that steps in and in a coup of this administration takes over our US government with urgency as thousands of our soldiers wait for health care and so many have lost Life or limb and cities where they fought I guess in vail are falling to the enemy as a result of this administrations indifference to good ‘ol Glory and to our beloved Republic and it is obvious that its leanings towards Mecca is certainly Not in the interest of these United States –

Public Health Emergency Preparedness you talk about – com’on whos’ kidding who…thousands are being bused in – our borders to the south porous and if there is any health emergency – why should We here on ‘Main Street USA” pay for these illegal – yes, illegal immigrants and their social and health and other costs when they stick their finger in the air towards good ‘ol Glory — why should we be exposed to illegals who have no health certificates and others are in line at our embassies waiting years to gain legal entry and have health certificates in hand —

….this charade must stop now — and in discussing real Homeland Security issues, well, wether health emergency as herein or immigration and security concerns, maybe it is time for our military to protect us from our own – and do recall the words of James Madison (1785):

“If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be under the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. But, in reality, it will be an Enemy from within” –

Hitler in 1935 took the Rights of the People of Germany in a whim and it is time we get real for when it comes to Homeland Security and such articles, all relate to an administration who chooses with its top cop, the infamous AG and the administration’s cohorts which include Ms. Hillary so willing to blatantly lie and stand should to shoulder w/Barry Obama who also stood in front of the corrupt UN to continue the lies and so we do not wait for our Rights to be further trampled, I call upon either Congress or the US military to directly intervene using every legal means to thwart this obviously subversive and divisive attempt to weaken our nation any further —

….and, ladies and gentlemen, while my perspective as to the State of the Union 11th June 2014 and a budget deficit of $17.6 trillion and soaring as Barry Obama’s intent and no room to pay for undocumented and illegal folks being bused into Phoenix from villages in South America… I bet many agree and in the words of Frederick Douglass:

“Find out just what People will submit to, and you have found the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them: and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both . The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those who they oppress” –

…and in the wisdom and words of Samuel Adams, (1775):

“No People will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can they be easily subdued, when knowledge is wide spread and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are unwisely ignorant, and debauched in their manners, they will sink under their own weight without Aid of foreign invaders” –

No one is above the law and with all lawful purpose and intent, I (we) will not tolerate discussion about emergency health preparedness when our budgets are already taxed and overburdened with ER rooms having no place to send mentally ill patients except back to the streets when there is no discussion as to the burden of undocumented and illegal immigrants now being bused into this country overwhelming border patrol and who knows who is among these folks where kids are being dropped off over the border in our country with no adult supervision – you try this with your kid the next time you even run into the store for five minutes and social services will be there in a minute….

We are in dire consequences and if you Congressional and Senate membership in all your self-serving ways and so much concern about the Tea Party and The Speaker of the House and his son supporting the Chinese and their solar company ambitions and smug smiled Pelosi and her millions talking from both side of her mouth and a Republican Speaker who cannot express much and use the law to investigate so many scandals…..then let’s get the Marines into the border, document who everyone is and send back to Mexico those illegal;y entering this country and by the way, the marines should go over the border and get our Marine back since this government could give a care, but hugs some father who speaks to his son in a foreign language….

Enough is enough….

We are obligated by citizenship to stand forthright for our Constitution and no longer shall it be so trampled on and certainly not by illegal immigrants being supported by this administration — healthcare and the preparedness of our communities is certainly one of many such concerns –

God Bless America!

Christopher Tingus
“Main Street USA”

PO Box 1612
Harwich (cape Cod), MA 02645 USA

Comment by William R. Cumming

June 11, 2014 @ 5:01 pm

Well Chris its way to breaking up facilitated by USA!And Arnold hoping this webinar will be posted somewhere.

Dr. Irwin Redlener a star no doubt.

And community health preparedness in decline! Why? Too many small jurisdictions in the USA! Over 90,000 and this an issue not only for public health preparedness but HS and EM.

And even though they have authority HHS and CDC don’t make public their findings on the capability of the States and their local governments.

Comment by Arnold Bogis

June 12, 2014 @ 12:32 am

Bill, According to the Atlantic website, the video should be available in a day or two. Once it is I’ll update this post with a link and, if possible, the video itself.

Your point about the number of jurisdictions is an important one. I don’t have anything to add at this point, but it’s definitely worth thinking about.

Regarding capability, I’m actually planning a post on an effort, which I consider well intentioned if currently flawed, at attempting to measure exactly that. If you can’t wait, look up the National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI).

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