Web Forum

H1N1 Influenza: Lessons from the Pandemic
Overcoming Vulnerabilities of a Fragile Public Health System
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 | Noon to 1:30 PM Pacific

The H1N1 influenza pandemic required a quick response from the nationís public health system. With only six weeks of lead time between identification of the virus and its spread to the United States, a national strategy had to manifest itself at the local level in the form of strong coordination and communication with local institutions/organizations and adaptable policies and practices. Join us for an interactive discussion of the necessary modifications to pandemic flu preparedness and response in the context of a highly mobile society in a time of diminishing resources.





    Arthur Reingold, MD
    Professor and Head of Epidemiology, Associate Dean for Research
    University of California, Berkeley
    Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Clinical Professor of Medicine
    University of California, San Francisco

    Dr. Arthur Reingold is on the faculty of the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is currently Professor of Epidemiology and Head of the Division of Epidemiology. Dr. Reingold also holds appointments as Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His research interests primarily focus on infectious diseases and their prevention and control in the United States and in developing countries.

    Prior to joining the UC Berkeley faculty, Dr. Reingold was part of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he worked as a medical epidemiologist. He received his undergraduate, graduate, and medical education at the University of Chicago. (sph.berkeley.edu/faculty/reingold.php)

    Skip Skivington, MBA
    Vice President of Operations
    Kaiser Permanente
    Oakland, CA

    Kenneth HechtFor the past 18 years Skip has worked at Kaiser Permanente, and is currently Vice President of Operations within Procurement & Supply. Skip also concurrently served as the Interim Vice President of Supply Chain during the period of 2005 to 2009.

    Since 2000, Skip has been responsible for the implementation of a formal healthcare continuity management program throughout Kaiser Permanente. In addition to directing this formal planning process, and immediately following the anthrax attacks in October 2001, Skip formed and now directs Kaiser Permanente’s threat assessment program consisting of an executive oversight council, and functional working groups in the disciplines of clinical (physicians, nursing, pharmacy and lab), facilities, community linkages, people, legal, communications and education, supply chain and public policy.

    Skip is a member of the State of California Joint Advisory Committee for terrorism preparedness, and the American Health Insurance Plans’ Disaster Readiness Committee. He is the current co-chair of the Health Plan sub-council within the US Critical Infrastructure Program, and is a frequent speaker on the role of healthcare during disasters. Skip was a member of the CDC technical evaluation panel which reviewed and evaluated the grant proposals for the provisioning of medical treatment for injuries associated with non-emergency responders following the WTC disaster. (www.kaiserpermanente.org)

    Karen Furst, MD, MPH
    Health Officer
    San Joaquin County Public Health Services
    Stockton, CA

    Karen FurstDr. Karen Furst has worked for San Joaquin County Public Health Services for the past 15 years. As the Health Officer she provides medical oversight for the public health programs and public health leadership for the community. Dr. Furst’s major area of interest and expertise is in communicable disease and outbreak control.

    Dr. Furst currently serves on the Board of the California Conference of Local Health Officers, and was Chair of their Disease Control and Prevention Committee for 5 years. In the past she has served on the Executive Boards of the California Tuberculosis Controllers Association and the California Association of Communicable Disease Controllers.

    Other California statewide taskforces and advisory group contributions have included: Pandemic Influenza Plan Revision Advisory Group, Avian Influenza Surveillance Taskforce, California Food Safety Taskforce, CalCode – Food Safety Revision Workgroup, Pandemic Influenza Planning Advisory Group for Prioritization of Vaccine, Prison Outbreak Response Workgroup, and the California Reportable Diseases Committee. (www.sjcphs.org)


    Matthew Marsom
    Director of Public Policy
    Public Health Institute
    Oakland, CA

    Matthew Marsom is the Director of Public Health Policy and Advocacy for the Public Health Institute (PHI). The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. Mr. Marsom is responsible for designing and implementing PHI strategy for monitoring and influencing public policy, legislation and regulations affecting PHI projects and public health policy relevant to PHI interests. (www.phi.org)


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

Furst/San Joaquin County Public Health Services


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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:


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