Are we prepared?

Kent State hosts public health preparedness conference, Oct. 5

National pandemic flu preparedness, citizen preparedness, national and local all-hazards preparedness, and the use of electron beam radiation to kill bioterrorism agents are some of the topics to be explored at the second annual Public Health Preparedness Symposium, hosted by the Northeastern Ohio Consortium for Biopreparedness (NEOCB) at Kent State University, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5, in the Kiva, Kent Student Center.

The format will include four morning speakers and multiple afternoon sessions, including break-out workshops intended for public health employees and first-responders, as well as local teachers.

Feature presentations include:

"Grassroots Response: Enabling Individual and Community Action in Disaster Medical Catastrophes"
Dr. James Carafano, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies and The Heritage Foundation

"Use of Radiation to Control Bioterrorism"
Dr. Marshall Cleland, Radiation Dynamics, Inc.

"Pandemic Flu Preparedness"
Peter Marghella, Medical Planning Resources, Inc.

"Are We Ready?"
C.J. Couch, Ohio Emergency Management Agency

A complete schedule of symposium events and more information about speakers is available at

Cost of registration is $15. Conference participants will receive five continuing education credits. To register by Sept. 28, send e-mail to [email protected], call 330-672-3161, or fax the registration form (available online at the Web site listed above) to 330-672-9995.


The Kent State NEOCB, one of only 52 Centers for Public Health Preparedness nationwide, is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is modeled after the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Centers, uniting academic, public health, business and community groups to address health and safety issues through education, research and workforce development. The NEOCB features a Biosafety Training Lab designed to teach procedures and protocols to those working with, and responding to, attacks involving harmful biological agents. The laboratory, which does not house select agents, is one of only two state-of-the-art CDC biosafety laboratory training facilities in the United States.

For additional information about the NEOCB or the symposium, contact Dr. Christopher J. Woolverton, professor of biological sciences and NEOCB director, at 330-672-4648 or [email protected].

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