Dialogue4Health

Web Forum

H1N1 Vaccination: Reaching the Hard to Reach
Monday, November 30, 2009 - Noon – 1:30 PM Pacific

The H1N1 influenza pandemic has raised concerns about the capacity of our public and private health system to care for those infected, as well as utilize all the available tools to prevent new infection. H1N1's rapid spread and surprising mortality trends have challenged health providers across the country. Recent polls indicate that a troubling percentage of hard-to-reach populations are not planning to get vaccinated. This Web Forum will feature experts familiar with issues of concern to hard-to-reach communities regarding the H1N1 vaccine, and highlight lessons learned from strategies that work in communicating health risks to at risk populations.

Please join Dialogue4Health (D4H) for an interactive Web Forum with representatives from government, community clinics, and private practice to discuss the best strategies for getting the H1N1 vaccine to high-risk populations that are traditionally hard to reach.

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    SPEAKERS

    Barbara Allen, MD, MPH
    Medical Officer, 2009 H1N1 Response Unit of
    the Coordinating Center of Infectious Disease
    U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    Barbara Allen, M.D., MPH is currently a medical officer with the 2009 H1N1 Response Unit of the Coordinating Center of Infectious Disease, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Her primary responsibilities in this position are to determine the impact of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic on vulnerable populations including minority, homeless, incarcerated, mentally ill and migrant workers and to identify effective strategies to enhance vaccination uptake and increase access to health care by the at-risk populations.

    Prior to coming to the CDC, Dr. Allen worked for more than 20 years for the Alameda County Public Health Department in California, first as the Director of the Division of Maternal and Child Health and subsequently as the Director of the Division of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention.

    Amy Groom, MPH
    Immunization Program Manager
    Indian Health Services

    Ms. Groom is a CDC employee assigned to the Indian Health Service, where she has served as the IHS Immunization Program Manager since 2001. In this capacity she provides advice and technical assistance to IHS on a range of programmatic, policy and research activities related to immunizations, and serves as a liaison between IHS, CDC, states and tribes. Ms. Groom has co-authored several manuscripts on immunization-related issues in the American Indian and Alaska Native population.

    Liliana Osorio
    Border Region Coordiator
    Health Initiatives of Americas

    Liliana Osorio joined HIA in 2002 as a San Diego County Regional Coordinator, where she is in charge of the coordination of Binational Health Week, and other year round activities in San Diego. She is the editor of the “English-Spanish Dictionary of Health Related Terms” published by HIA and the California Office of Binational Border Health. She has facilitated the collaboration between HIA and other Federal and State agencies such as HRSA, CDC, USMBHC, DHS and EPA.

    Frank Staggers, MD (Invited)
    Chairperson, Executive Board, Ethnic Health Institute, Sutter Health Network
    Former President, California Medical Association

    Prior to his recent retirement, Dr. Staggers was both in private practice and the Chief of Urology at the Alameda County Medical Center, Oakland. Dr. Staggers retired from the military as a Commander. He served 28 years in both the US Army and the US Navy. Dr. Staggers has been an active member of the AMA, the CMA, and the Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association (ACCMA) since 1962. He has served as President with both the CMA and ACCMA, and as a Trustee on the CMA Board of Trustees. He is also a Past President of the National Medical Association and Golden State Medical Association. He is a Co-Founder of the Ethnic Health Institute in Oakland.

    Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H.
    Public Health Officer
    County of San Diego
    Health and Human Services Agency

    Dr. Wooten is board-certified in Family Medicine and has a master’s degree in public health. In March 2001, Dr. Wooten joined the County of San Diego as the Deputy Health Officer for Division of Public Health Services, Health and Human Services Agency and in June 2007 became the permanent Public Health Officer for the County.

    Dr. Wooten continues to serve as a County appointee to the HIV Community Planning Prevention Board and is a commissioner of the First Commission of San Diego. She is a member of the California African-American HIV/AIDS Coalition and works closely with the local regional constituent to this organization, the Kemet Coalition. She is outgoing President of the San Diego Society of the National Medical Association (NMA) and a national Board of Trustee member from Region VI of the NMA.

    MODERATOR

    Calvin Freeman
    Principal
    Freeman and Freeman Consulting and Coaching

    With his wife, SueAnn, Calvin Freeman is a partner in Freeman and Freeman Consulting and Coaching, a health policy and human resources consultant firm dedicated to promoting improvements in the health status of multicultural communities. He is also President of Global Vision Consortium, an emergency management consulting firm. Previously, Mr. Freeman was the first Chief of the Office of Multicultural Health in the California Department of Health Services and led California’s disaster medical preparedness program as Chief of Disaster Medical Services in the California EMS Authority.


PRESENTATIONS

The following documents are PDF versions of the speakers’ presentations and are intended to be used for reference only.

Reaching American Indian and
Alaska Native Communities
Amy Groom, MPH
CDC

Influenza Immunization in the Community Clinic
John J. Murphy, MD
La Clínica de la Raza

 

Outreaching to Latinos on H1N1 Pandemic Influenza
Liliana Osorio
UC Berkeley,
School of Public Health

Pandemic 2009 H1N1 Influenza
The San Diego Experience
Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H.
County Of San Diego
Health and Human Services Agency

 

 

RESOURCES

The following documents provide important background information that can enhance the Web Forum experience.

The October 2009 issue of the American Journal of Public Health featured a supplement on the topic of influenza preparedness and response. Below is a selection of articles:

MEDIA and OTHER SOURCES

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WEBSITES

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