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AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellowship Tentative Agenda - Dec. 5-9, 2010

AHCJ-CDC Health Journalism Fellowships

Sunday, Dec. 5
Drawing Room (hotel dining room)

6:30 p.m.

AHCJ Welcome

  • Len Bruzzese, AHCJ executive director
  • Ev Ruch-Graham, AHCJ training coordinator
7 p.m.

Media Relations at CDC

  • Shelly Diaz, Public Affairs Specialist
  • Kristen Nordlund, Public Affairs Specialist
  • Von Roebuck, Senior Public Affairs Specialist
7:30 p.m. Opening Dinner

Monday, Dec. 6
CDC Building 19, Distance Learning Auditorium

9-9:15 a.m.


  • Donna Garland, associate director for communication
9:15-10:15 a.m.

Investigating disease outbreaks: CDC’s disease detectives

  • Doug Hamilton, M.D., M.P.H., director, Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Program
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30-11:45 a.m.

CDC’s role in investigating foodborne disease outbreaks

  • Robert Tauxe, M.D., M.P.H., deputy director, Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, National Center for Emerging & Zoonotic Infectious Disease
11:45-1 p.m. Lunch
1–2:15 p.m.


  • Muin Khoury, M.D., Ph.D., director, Office of Public Health Genomics
2:15-2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 – 3:45 p.m.


  • Heidi Blanck, director, Obesity Prevention and Control Branch, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion
3:45-4:15 p.m.

CDC director

  • Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.
4:15 p.m. End of day

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010

CDC Building 19 Distance Learning Auditorium

9-10:15 a.m.

Chronic disease prevention

  • Ursula E. Bauer, Ph.D., M.P.H., director, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
10:15–10:30 a.m. Break
10:30-11:30 a.m.


  • Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D., director, Division of Diabetes Translation, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Using CDC data: BRFSS

  • Lina Balluz, M.P.H., Sc.D., acting director, Division of Behavior Surveillance, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
12:30 p.m.–1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15-2:15 p.m.

Vaccine-preventable diseases: CDC’s immunization efforts

  • Lance Rodewald, M.D., director, Immunization Services Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
2:15–3:15 p.m.


  • Anne Schuchat, M.D., director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
3:15-3:20 p.m. Walk to CDC Emergency Operations Center
3:20-3:40 p.m.

State & local readiness and emergency preparedness

  • Ann O’Connor, M.P.A., associate director for policy, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response
3:45–415 p.m. Emergency Operations Center tour
4:15 p.m.

End of day
(Midwest fellows depart for airport)

7:30 p.m.

Meet ‘n greet with AHCJ’s Atlanta Chapter

(The Club Room, hotel bar)

Wednesday, Dec. 8
CDC Building 19 Rooms 245/246

9-10 a.m.

Global health/ Haiti response

  • Jordan W. Tappero, M.D., M.P.H., director, Health System Reconstruction Office, Center for Global Health
10-11 a.m.


  • John Ward, M.D., director - Viral Hepatitis Program, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention
11-11:15 a.m. Break
11:15-12:15 p.m.

Antibiotic resistance

  • Lauri Hicks, D.O., medical director, Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work Program
12:15-1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15–2:15 p.m.

Patient safety / HAIs

  • Mike Bell, M.D., associate director for infection control, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion
2:15 -4 p.m. Laboratory tours (no cameras)
4 p.m. End of day

Thursday, Dec. 9
Chamblee Campus 106 C

7:45 a.m. Meet in lobby – shuttle to Chamblee campus
8:45-9 a.m.


  • Robin Ikeda, M.D., M.P.H., director, Office of Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury, and Environmental Health
9-10 a.m.

Climate change

  • Jeremy Hess, M.D., M.P.H., guest researcher, Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, National Center for Environmental Health
10-10:15 a.m. Break

Motor vehicle safety

  • Ann Dellinger, Ph.D., M.P.H., team leader, Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Team, National Center for Injury Prevention & Control
11:15-12:15 p.m.

Bed bugs

  • Speaker TBD
12:15-1 p.m. Lunch
1-2 p.m.


  • John Baio, behavioral scientist, Developmental Disabilities Branch, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
2-3 p.m.

Chemicals in the environment

  • Speaker TBD
3-4:30 p.m. Laboratory tours
4:30 p.m. End of day
5 p.m.

Fellowship wrap-up

(The Club Room, hotel bar)