The CDC Foundation and CDC selected the “EvacuSpot” project as a Promising Example of the Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management. Evacuspot is creating unique evacuation signs as well as cultural landmarks in the city.
Dr. MarkAlain Déry spent more than a decade as a flight physician and was on the ground responding to patients in the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Today, as an instructor of clinical medicine at Tulane University’s School of Medicine in New Orleans, he is applying his expertise to a passion for HIV prevention and testing in a city that ranks among the nation’s highest in AIDS diagnoses.
David Rubin, assistant vice president of contingency planning for Whitney National Bank, leads the bank’s disaster preparedness and response efforts in New Orleans. A native of Louisiana, Rubin’s job was created after Hurricane Katrina proved how critical it was for businesses to ensure employees’ safety and security while keeping their doors open for business.
Spent the last few days in New Orleans with the CDC Foundation. They were hosting a Meta-Leadership Summit there – the 20th of 36 Summits scheduled before the end of 2011. The irony of hosting the Summit in New Orleans right now is that Louisiana is dealing with the effects of the Gulf oil spill.
Past 60 now, his skin weathered by a life in the Gulf Coast sun, Darryl Eymard is hard to impress. He speaks as slowly as an outgoing tide, weighs his words with the care of a thinker and offers pearls of country wisdom across the console of his 18-foot johnboat.
If you watch her eyes as she drives slowly through the Lower 9th Ward, you can almost see the events of Hurricane Katrina unfolding again for Avis Gray. As the regional administrator for the Louisiana Office of Public Health in New Orleans, Gray was at ground zero when the levees surrounding the city broke and cannot forget what she saw in the weeks that followed.
Charles Stokes, CDC Foundation president and CEO, in a ceremony last evening received the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2013 Health-Care Hero Lifetime Achievement Award for his work helping the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advance its life-saving 24/7 work through public-private partnerships.
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. In recognition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new Vital Signs report to raise awareness about the importance of testing baby boomers for hepatitis C.
Recently I had the opportunity to attend the 2013 Milken Institute Global Conference, attended by 3,700 global leaders from across the health, education, philanthropy, government, media, finance, business and energy sectors, including 18 members of Congress.