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DHS news release

Dec. 7, 2006

General contact: Bonnie Widerburg, 971-673-1282
Technical contact: Katy King, 971-673-1265

Public Health Advisory Board meets next Friday in Portland

The Public Health Advisory Board will hold its next meeting Dec. 15 to hear presentations and discuss topics related to public health issues affecting Oregonians. The meeting will feature a presentation by David Fleming, M.D., director of global health at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Fleming was state epidemiologist in the Oregon Department of Human Services during the 1990s. In 2000 he moved to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as deputy director in charge of science and public health and he served as acting director of the agency in 2002. He joined the Gates Foundation in 2003.

Agenda topics and approximate times include:

  • 9 a.m. -- Election of PHAB officers;
  • 9:20 a.m. -- Public health budget proposals in the Governor's recommended budget;
  • 9:45 a.m. -- PHAB's role during the 2007 legislative session;
  • 10:30 a.m. -- Community Health Priorities Project, presented by Thomas Aschenbrener, Northwest Health Foundation president and PHAB member;
  • 11 a.m. -- Global health issues and lessons for working in public health, presented by David Fleming, M.D.
  • 1 p.m. -- Review of November's emergency preparedness exercise by Oregon Department of Human Services Public Health Division deputy director Bill Coulombe and Mike Harryman, Public Health Division's emergency preparedness manager;
  • 1:30 p.m. -- Presentation on benzene contamination in Oregon by Dave Stone, toxicologist in the Public Health Division.

The meeting will take place from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Room 135 of the Portland State Office Building, 800 N.E. Oregon St.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for individuals requesting assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters or large-print materials. Individuals needing these types of accommodations are asked to call the DHS Public Health Division, 971-673-1291, at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

PHAB is a 15-member Governor-appointed board charged with reviewing statewide public health issues and advising the DHS Public Health Division on public health policy matters.