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November 15, 2001


Max Cleland to Convene RountableTable at Emory University on Georgia's Readiness for Bio-Terrorist Incident

Local leaders and experts will discuss state's preparations

U.S. Senator Max Cleland (D-GA) will convene a roundtable discussion Monday, November 19 at Emory University on the State of Georgia's preparedness for a bio-terrorist attack. In addition to Senator Cleland, participants include Georgia Governor Roy Barnes; Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. James Curran, Dean of Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health; Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Director of the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health; and Phil Jacobs of the Friends of CDC. The Roundtable will highlight Georgia's evolving infrastructure and the federal, state, and community partnerships necessary to effectively fight bio-terrorism.

Event: Roundtable on Georgia's Bio-terrorism Readiness
Date: November 19, 2001
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 noon
Location: Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University 1520 Clifton Rd., NE


"National homeland defense begins and ends at the state and local levels," Cleland said. "As we work to shore up our preparedness on the national level, it will be our first responders, our emergency room doctors, and our fire and police forces who will be the ones on the front lines. They must have the best training, resources and information to successfully prevent a bio-terrorist threat from becoming a tragedy.."

Cleland proposed that Georgia, as the home of the CDC and one of the nation's premier public health departments (staffed with six CDC-trained epidemiologists) should be a model for the rest of the country in dealing with a bioterrorist attack. Unlike many states, Georgia has already had to prepare for a potential terrorist attack during the 1996 Olympic Games.

The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center at Emory University is one of the nation's fastest growing research institutions, with more than $232.9 million in sponsored research last year. The Center includes schools of medicine, nursing, and public health; the Yerkes Primate Research Center; and Emory Healthcare, the most comprehensive healthcare system in metropolitan Atlanta. Emory University is located next door to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Emory's internationally known public health school; the public health interests of its medical and nursing schools; and these schools' strong partnerships with the CDC and other public health agencies on the national, state, and local levels, help make Atlanta the public health capital of the world.


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