Community health preparedness summit in Washington gathers officials from around the country
| 02.28.2007 | 08:16:13 | Views: 2853 | ID:
February 28: During the week of February 19 through the 23, health officials, university professors, government employees, first responders, members of the fire, police, and EMS communities as well as experts in homeland security and preparedness gathered in Washington DC for the Public Health Preparedness Summit, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security among other private sector organizations and federal agencies.
According to the summit's website, organizers wanted to bring "the public health preparedness community together to share resources, plan together for the future, and help colleagues in their work nationwide and around the world."Topics at the summit ranged from biosecurity and food supply safety to keeping communities healthy through exercise and music. There were also sessions dedicated to interoperable communications among medical responders, public/private partnerships to increase bird flu response plans in communities, and cooperation among federal agencies to prepare and response to health emergencies. The summit also provided outlets for communities to tell their best practices which have helped them in the past and how other state and local organizations and communities can take those examples and use them to help increase the overall health and stability of residents in their areas.
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