Prevention – Congressional Public Health Caucus Holds Briefing; The Arc Provides Testimony

On Sept 23, the Congressional Public Health Caucus sponsored a briefing, “Public Health 101 – Zika: A Case Study in Emergency Response across the Public Health Continuum.” The briefing brought together experts working on the frontlines of the public health continuum to mitigate this public health emergency – from Zika virus surveillance, to vaccine research & development, to maternal, fetal and child health, to supporting individuals with disabilities and their caregivers. The speakers were Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA); Phyllis Arthur, Managing Director for Infectious Diseases and Diagnostics Policy, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO); Janet Hamilton, Surveillance Section Administrator, Florida Department of Health; Dr. Edward R.B. McCabe, Chief Medical Officer, March of Dimes; Dr. Laura E. Riley, Vice Chair, Obstetrics, Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine; and Nancy J. Murray, President, The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh at ACHIEVA. There over 19,000 cases of Zika in the U.S and territories with over 2,000 cases among pregnant women. See the latest figures here.

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