WVU School of Medicine hosts 2nd annual
cross-border conference on pandemic flu

Ohio and Pennsylvania health professionals join in preparedness effort

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – How can hospitals, health professionals and first responders best prepare for a flu pandemic? Who should receive antiviral medicines and how should they be dispensed? These are among the topics covered in the 2nd Annual Cross-Border Public Health Preparedness Conference at the West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center.

The July 23 conference, which is free, is for emergency responders, physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, public health practitioners and other health professionals. Attendance is limited to 200, and only 30 spots are left. To register for the conference, download the brochure and follow the registration instructions. The brochure can be found at http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/som/cmed/ophp/CrossBorder2008.asp.
Speakers include Sally Phillips, Ph.D., of the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality; Cathy Slemp, M.D., state health officer and West Virginia’s executive director of threat preparedness; and James W. Spears, cabinet secretary of the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

The conference will also explore tactics such as recruiting public-health volunteers and collaborating across state and county borders.

The West Virginia University Department of Community Medicine developed and organized the conference in collaboration several partners, including the Homeland Security liaison, the University of Pittsburgh Center for Public Health Preparedness and WVU’s Research and Economic Development Office. Local and state health departments in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia also participated in the planning.

Dentists, doctors and nurses can earn Continuing Medical Education credits, and other health professionals may be able to earn continuing education credits toward their certifications. For more information, contact the WVU School of Medicine Office of Continuing Education at (304) 293-3937 or by email at ce@wvu.edu.

This conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Health Sciences Center Pylons Learning Center.


For more information:
Andrea Brunais, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
ab: 07-15-08

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