"All states and territories were asked to hold a pandemic influenza planning summit during the first half of 2006, as part of the national pandemic influenza planning process. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Michael O. Leavitt, requested the summits to inform and involve public health, emergency response, political, economic and community leadership in the pandemic planning process and to facilitate coordination among all of these groups. The summits were planned by the states, with input from federal coordinators. While state governors led the summits, state health agencies were most often the lead agency in planning the event. Each state summit was organized differently-some occurred in the morning, some were afternoon summits, and some states had all-day summits with morning or afternoon break-out sessions. This report captures the general trends, experiences, and outcomes of the summits, and highlights innovative planning mechanisms that may be adapted for other health-related purposes. The information in this report comes from debriefing interviews that the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) conducted with 37 states following their individual summits. ASTHO appreciates the collaborative work being done by HHS, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to ensure the nation is prepared for an influenza pandemic. Their participation in these summits helped raise public, political, and media attention for pandemic preparedness and reinforced on-going planning and preparedness efforts by state and local public health agencies."
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