The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working collaboratively with other U.S. government agencies, ministries of health, the World Health Organization, and other partners to strengthen core public health capacities to prevent, detect, and respond to health threats, and ultimately help countries achieve International Health Regulations compliance.
Experts and visionaries who played an important role in the development of the CDC Global Disease Detection (GDD) program discussed the history of the GDD program in the context of CDC and the Division of Global Health Protection’s mission to advance global health security. Panelists highlighted the soon-to-be released BMC Public Health special supplement, "Ten Years of Global Disease Detection and Counting: Program Accomplishments and Lessons Learned in Building Global Health Security," and discussed important global health security initiatives currently underway to protect the United States from emerging and re-emerging life-threatening infectious diseases.
The event was co-sponsored by the CDC and the Center for Global Health Science and Security (GHSS) at Georgetown University Medical Center with the support of the Global Health Initiative (GHI). It is part of the Global Health Security Seminar Series, co-sponsored by GHSS and GHI. Over the course of the 2018-2019 academic year, speakers in the series will address critical issues in global health in an effort to promote greater dialogue regarding pandemic preparedness across the university and the wider Washington D.C. community.
Dr. Scott F. Dowell is deputy director for surveillance and epidemiology at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Dr. Carolyn Greene is associate director for influenza preparedness and response at the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control.
Captain Nancy Knight is director of the Division of Global Health Protection in the Center for Global Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control.
Captain Joel M. Montgomery is deputy associate director for infectious disease preparedness at the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control.
Rebecca Katz (moderator) is associate professor and director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University Medical Center.