Roundtable on Public Health Preparedness in the 21st Century, Hearing of the Subcommittee on Examining Public Health Preparedness in the 21st Century, Focusing on a National Public Health Infrastructure with Real-Time Situational Awareness, and Responding to Threats by Terrorism or Natural Disasters, March 28, 2006 [open pdf - 505KB]
This is the March 28, 2006 hearing "Roundtable on Public Health Preparedness in the 21st Century" held before the Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. From the opening statement of Richard Burr: "As has been the practice of this subcommittee, it is extremely important for us to get as much testimony on the record as we try to prepare for the reauthorization of the bioterrorism bill and as we continue to develop a blueprint. This is another in a series of hearings and formal roundtables that we will have to have in exchange of ideas for members and for staff to hopefully guide us on the way. This roundtable is an important part of our discussion as we move forward to reauthorize the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness Response Act, legislation that was passed in 2002. It moved the country in the right direction, but as we have seen from the effects of Hurricane Katrina, it has not done enough. Katrina exposed an unstable public health infrastructure at all levels of government during an emergency event." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Richard Burr, Richard Besser, Michael C. Caldwell, Peggy A. Honoré, Nicole Lurie, Elin A. Gursky, Tara O'Toole, and Lisa G. Kaplowitz.
S. Hrg. 109-574; Senate Hearing 109-574
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