The Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Division of Disease Control held a forum focusing on current issues in public health preparedness. This program is geared toward medical and nursing professionals in infectious diseases and infection control, emergency medicine, student health and primary care, and public health professionals. This forum is free of charge for registrants.

The 2009 Public Health Forum was co-sponsored by the Health Federation of Philadelphia, and held at the Doubletree Hotel at 237 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA on Friday, May 15.

The 2009 agenda is below. A PDF version of the PowerPoint used by each presenter is linked below.



8:00 - 8:30

Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 Welcome, Opening Remarks
  • Donald Schwarz, MD, MPH, Deputy Mayor, Health and Opportunity
    Health Commissioner, City of Philadelphia
8:45 - 9:15 The Medical Examiner as Public Health Practitioner
  • Sam Gulino, MD, Chief Medical Examiner
    Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
9:15 - 9:55 Healthcare Associated Viral Hepatitis – Considerations for Healthcare Practitioners and Public Health Management
  • Joseph Perz, DrPH, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion
    tops for Disease Control and Prevention
9:55 - 10:30 Meningitis Surveillance Update from CDC
  • Henry M. Wu, MD, Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer
    Meningitis & Vaccine Preventable Diseases Branch, tops for Disease Control and Prevention
10:30 - 10:45

10:45 - 11:15 Autism as a Public Health Problem
  • Craig Newschaffer, PhD, Professor and Chair
    Department of Epidemiology and Statistics, Drexel University School of Public Health
11:15 - 1:00 State and Local Updates on Pandemic Flu/Swine Flu