Past Event

Roundtable Workshop 18: Citizen Engagement in Emergency Planning for a Flu Pandemic

October 23, 2006

Location: Keck Center of the National Academies
500 Fifth St. NW Washington DC 20001

Drawing from research and practical experience, participants at this workshop will discuss the need and opportunity for citizen involvement in preparedness planning for a potential flu pandemic; a growing concern among scientists, public health officials, as well as private sector decision makers. This concern has emerged with the appearance of avian flu in countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe and the possibility that this could evolve into a pandemic and become an unprecedented threat to populations throughout the world, including in the United States.


9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction to the Workshop
William H. Hooke, American Meteorological Society, and Chair, Disasters Roundtable

9:10 a.m. Session I: Why Worry About Pandemic Flu?

What Would a Modern Day Flu Pandemic Look Like?
Eric Toner, Center for Biosecurity, University of Pittsburg Medical Center Download Presentation

National Plans for Confronting a Pandemic Flu
Bruce Gellin, National Vaccine Program Office, Department of Health and Human Services Download Presentation

Local Expectations and Readiness for Pandemic Flu
Joshua Sharfstein, Department of Health, Baltimore Download Presentation

Moderator: William H. Hooke, American Meteorological Society

10:10 a.m. Questions and Discussion

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. Session II: Why Government and Health Professionals Cannot Go It Alone in a Large-Scale Health Crisis

Public Resistance or Cooperation?
A Tale of Smallpox in Two Cities

Judith W. Leavitt, School of Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison Download Presentation

Street Science: Why Public Health Professionals Need the Public
Jason Corburn, Columbia University Download Presentation

Who Will Tell the People? Pandemic Risk Communication in the Internet Age
Susan Chu, Flu Wiki Download Presentation

Moderator: Rose Marie Martinez, Board on Population Health & Public Health Practice, IOM

11:45 a.m. Questions and Discussion

1:15 p.m. Session III: When Does Citizen Engagement Work Best? Lessons Learned from Research and Experience

Citizen Consultations in Setting National Public Health Priorities
Elaine Chatigny, Public Health Agency of Canada Download Presentation

Involving Citizens and Stakeholders in Select Vaccine Policy Decisions
Kathleen R. Stratton, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, IOM
State of the Art Knowledge on Public Involvement
Gail Bingham, RESOLVE, Inc. Download Presentation

Moderator: Havidan Rodriguez, Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware

2:15 p.m. Questions and Discussion

2:55 p.m. Session IV: Roundtable Panel Discussion - How Can Some Citizens Help When Hospitals Must Turn Some People Away in a Pandemic?
A Possible Scenario:

Gabor Kelen, Department of Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
Randy Rowel, School of Public Health and Policy, Morgan State University
Darlene Sparks Washington, Disease Prevention Education, American Red Cross
Susan Messina, Citizen-Activist

Moderator: Monica Schoch-Spana, Center for Biosecurity, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

4:00 p.m. Questions and Discussion

4:25 p.m. Concluding Remarks
William H. Hooke, American Meteorological Society, and Chair, Disasters Roundtable

Workshop Summaries Resulting from this Event

Citizen Engagement in Emergency Planning for a Flu Pandemic: A Summary of the October 23, 2006 Workshop of the Disasters Roundtable (2007)

Although human cases of avian influenza to date have been rare, there is growing concern that an influenza pandemic may arise from the mutation of avian influenza strains and subsequent transmission among humans. On October 23, 2006, the Disasters Roundtable of the National Academies in cooperation with the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) convened a workshop on Citizen Engagement i... More >>