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DHS news release

Aug. 18, 2006

Contact: Tom Towslee, 503-559-0652


Media advisory


Pandemic flu planning workshop in Portland


Who: State and local government, private businesses and other entities that would need to respond to an influenza pandemic.


When: Wednesday, August 23. Opening session is at 9 a.m.


Where: Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Blvd., Portland. Meeting is in the Portland Ballroom on the third level (south end of Convention Center).


What: This workshop builds upon planning efforts that began in March with Oregon's Pandemic Influenza Summit.

Issues to be discussed include: coordinating health care, caring for vulnerable populations, allocating scarce resources such as anti-viral medications and vaccines, business continuity planning and maintaining critical community systems such as fire, police, schools and transportation.


Details: Media Q&A from 10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in Room E148 (lobby level).

This time has been set aside for reporters to talk with key decision makers and planning partners:

  • Susan Allan, M.D., state public health director in the Oregon Department of Human Services Public Health Division
  • David Houghton, R.N., M.P.H., co-chair, Conference of Local Health Official
  • Lauren Danahy, R.N., compliance and business continuity manager, Intel Corporation
  • Joe Finkbonner, executive director of the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board