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Pandemic and H5N1 Flu: A Prescription for Preparedness


On May 2, 2008, AHLA's Public Interest Committee brought together a select but diverse panel of legal experts, healthcare providers, government leaders and healthcare and emergency management scholars to discuss the critical legal and ethical issues involved in pandemic preparedness planning. The primary purpose of the session was to bring together the subject matter experts to share their best thinking regarding legal impediments and implementation challenges to community pan-flu preparedness and practical solutions to such challenges as well as ways for healthcare providers to coordinate preparedness planning with local, state, and federal authorities to ensure practical utility. The session was co-sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Dialogue Session featured speeches by Dr. Richard E. Besser, Director, Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the Honorable Daniel R. Levinson, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; and Rear Admiral Dr. W. Craig Vanderwagen, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. A copy of Dr. Besser's PowerPoint presentation is available here.

As a result of this session, AHLA developed Pan-Flu Preparedness: Key Legal Issues, which will serve as an invaluable resource for healthcare providers, public health agencies and government officials.

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