SEASide Webinar: Preparedness and Response for Public Health Emergencies, the Mission of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response – Sep 6, 2018 2 PM ET
Posted by Tony Nguyen on August 15th, 2018
Posted in: Continuing Education, Emergency Preparedness and Response
Date/Time: Thursday, September 6, 2018, 2:00 PM ET/1:00 PM CT
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Presenter: George W. Korch, Jr., PhD, Senior Science Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, US Department of Health and Human Services
Abstract: The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the Department of Health and Human Services is charged with overseeing the medical and public health emergency response for major or catastrophic events, such as for defense against biological, chemical, radiological or nuclear threats, or in responding to major pandemic diseases. Other missions that the ASPR supports are medical assistance after events such as hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes, etc. The ASPR works with State, Local, Territorial and Tribal governments to support their efforts during any of these large-scale events and coordinates efforts and works via the National Response Framework and Incident Command Framework via FEMA coordination. ASPR provides two major capabilities in this response package; access to the emergency medical response units via the National Disaster Medical System, and access to specialized medical products via the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). The presentation will discuss the ASPR mission, the specific capabilities for deployed medical assets and the successful efforts to develop new medical countermeasures against a variety of specific pathogens and for antibiotic resistant organisms. The presentation will also describe new initiatives that ASPR and BARDA are pursuing via their new DRIVe program.
Presenter Bio: George W. Korch, Jr., PhD is currently the Senior Science Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the US Department of Health and Human Services, a position he has held for much of the time up to the present since 2009. He has served during 2017 as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Health and Human Services (HHS) and as the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in 2011. Dr. Korch helped to coordinate and oversee the U.S. Government’s Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise at HHS. He participates and/or leads on a variety of national and governmental committees under the auspices of the White House’s National Security Council and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. He is the Co-chair of the Federal Expert Security Advisory Panel to the National Security Staff, as well as Chair of the Federal Security Laboratory Facilities Inventory and Communications working group, under the auspices of the White House National Sciences and Technology Council. Dr. Korch has been a Visiting Professor in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health from 2008-2016. He retired from the U.S. Army Medical Department in 2008 with the rank of Colonel. While in the Army, he served in a number of leadership roles, including the Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Department of Defense Medical Chemical and Biological Defense Research Program. He also served as one of the first Directors of the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasure Center, Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Korch has authored a number of peer-reviewed journal articles as well as co-authoring a book on medical countermeasures for biodefense. He has served on such committees as the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Microbial Threats and the State of Maryland’s Life Sciences Advisory Board. His training was in medical entomology, immunology, virology and infectious diseases with his PhD awarded from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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