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Radiation Emergency Preparedness Conference

White House thanks ORISE for assisting CDC in hosting radiation emergency preparedness conference

How ORISE is Making a Difference

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) was an integral partner in assisting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with hosting Bridging the Gaps: Public Health and Radiation Emergency Preparedness conference from March 21-24, 2011, in Atlanta.

The national conference, which featured Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, as a keynote speaker, garnered much attention in light of the recent Japanese nuclear reactor events. Conference attendees included nearly 430 federal, state and local government public health officials, workers and partners.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, was a keynote speaker at the Bridging the Gaps: Public Health and Radiation Emergency Preparedness conference.

Given the international concerns surrounding the Japanese nuclear situation, the White House National Security staff addressed the conference audience via webcast about the U.S. planning and response efforts to assist Japan and monitor events. During the address, two national security staffers personally thanked ORISE for its work in making the conference happen.

ORISE chaired a national working group to plan the conference, coordinated all programming, provided multiple lectures, conducted a walk-through training demonstration of a mock community reception center, and provided a live, last-minute webinar of the proceedings for the media.

View the presentation slides from the Bridging the Gaps conference.