Beyond Ebola 2017

Carrie Williams, Dr. Mark Keim, and Dr. Ted Cieslak speak at the 2017 Beyond Ebola conference. [source: DOH]

The Hawaii Department of Health’s Public Health Preparedness Branch hosted a conference, “Beyond Ebola: Preparing for Emerging Infectious Diseases and Other Public Health Threats,” on June 1 and 2, 2017, at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The lineup of distinguished speakers and experts, including Col. Ted Cieslak, M.D., Mark Keim, M.D., Syra Madad, DHSc, and Carrie Williams, presented the latest information about emerging diseases and public health threats, preparedness and response lessons learned from real-world incidents, and gaps and areas of concern when looking ahead. Below are videos of some of the key talks given at the conference.

Keynote Speakers

Biological Warfare & Terrorism Part 1: An Introduction

Col. Ted Cieslak, M.D., FAAP, FIDSA
Associate Professor of Epidemiology, University of Nebraska and Associate Director of the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Center for Biosecurity, Biopreparedness, and Emerging Infectious Diseases

Biological Warfare & Terrorism Part 2: An Introduction

Col. Ted Cieslak, M.D., FAAP, FIDSA
Pandemic: Business & Workplace Impacts

Mark Keim, M.D., MBA
Founder, DisasterDoc; former Associate Director for Science for the Office for Environmental Health Emergencies, U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

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Climate Change & Disasters

Mark Keim, M.D., MBA

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A Novel Surprise: Lessons in Crisis Communications from Ebola & Beyond

Carrie Williams, Chief Press Officer, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
An Emergency Management Approach to Emerging Infectious Disease Preparedness & Response

Syra Madad, DHSc, MS, MCP, Director, System-wide Special Pathogens Program, New York City Health + Hospitals

Discussion Panels

Don't Panic: Effective Messaging in Emergencies

Jason Dela Cruz, Planner, Public Health Educator, HI District Health Office
Shelly Kunishige, Admin. Assistant VI, Dept. of Transportation Public Affairs Office
Dan Miesenzahl, Spokesman & Director of Media Production, Univ. of HI System
Kayla Rosenfeld, Wild Rose Communications Founder & CEO; AmeriCorps VISTA

Moderator: Lt. Kristin Labar, CDC Project Officer
Ask The Experts

Col. Ted Cieslak, M.D., FAAP, FIDSA
Mark Keim, M.D., MBA
Carrie Williams
Health and Community Impacts of Climate Change

Maxine Burkett, Professor of Law, William S. Richardson School of Law; Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Int'l. Center for Scholars
Scott Glenn, MA, Director, Office of Environmental Quality Control, Dept. of Health

Moderator: Joshua Stanbro, Chief Resilience Officer, City and County of Honolulu Executive Director, Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency
Mental/Behavioral Health Impacts of Disease

Troy Freitas, MA, Hawaii Disaster Mental Health Coordinator; Adult Mental Health Division, Dept. of Health
Rep. Ryan Yamane, Hawaii State House Distr. 37, Youth Mental Health First Aid and Disaster Volunteer, American Red Cross, Medical Reserve Corp
Dr. Jeanelle Sugimoto-Matsuda, Asst. Professor, Dept, of Psychiatry John A. Burns School of Medicine
Jerry Inouye, Ret. Deputy Chief of Police, Honolulu Police Dept.

Moderator: Lt. Kristin Labar, CDC Project Officer
Bridging the Gaps between Awareness, Preparedness, and Response

Col. Ted Cieslak, M.D., FAAP, FIDSA
Mark Keim, M.D., MBA
Carrie Williams

Moderator: Sarah Park, MD

Conference attendee Valerie Yontz makes a comment during Q&A session with conference speakers. [Source: DOH]