Governor Ruth Ann Minner convened Delaware’s Pandemic Influenza Summit on Feb. 21, 2006 at the Dover Downs Conference Center in Dover, Delaware. Three hundred people attended, representing the state’s leaders in government, business, education and public realms, as well as our federal partners.
The Summit educated the audience about the realities of an influenza pandemic and was another step toward keeping Delaware at the forefront of emergency preparedness and response. The State of Delaware is working internally and with public and private associates to find novel solutions to complex problems and ensure a coordinated response to a pandemic.
The historic event was co-presented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Delaware Health and Social Services’ Division of Public Health, the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the Delaware Department of Agriculture, Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness, and the Mid-Atlantic Public Health Training Center.
WHYY, Delaware’s Public Service Broadcasting and Media organization recorded the summit proceedings, web cast the event live on the Internet and continues to work with the supporting agencies to increase public awareness. This important “Call to Action” requires immediate and effective communications and information sharing between the many participating agencies, medical professionals and the general public.
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