Are You Ready for Flu?
CDC’s Recommendations and Communication Plans for the 2014-2015 Influenza Season
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
11:00 am – 12:00 noon Pacific / 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern
Our August webinar will provide an overview of the 2014-15 influenza season and information about this year’s flu vaccine communication campaign plan for the general public along with new materials that will assist with reaching Hispanic, African American and American Indian/Alaska Native populations.
By attending this webinar, participants will gain increased knowledge of
- Influenza vaccination recommendations formulations and supply for the 2014-2015 flu season;
- Key communication considerations and planned strategies for the 2014-2015 flu season;
- Grassroots approaches for effectively reaching disparate populations with flu vaccination messages.
Joseph Bresee, M.D., FAAP, is chief of the Epidemiology and Prevention Branch in CDC’s Influenza Division, and is a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service. His branch is responsible for conducting influenza surveillance, working to understand influenza disease burden, helping to derive appropriate vaccine and antiviral use policies to prevent seasonal influenza, detecting and preventing avian influenza and pandemic influenza, and providing technical expertise to global public health partners.
Cindy Fowler is a health communication specialist in the Health Communication Science Office for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She has served the CDC for the past 12 years in numerous capacities, focusing most of her efforts in managing and supporting national campaign work, including influenza and childhood vaccines. She has also served in a communications role during several of CDC’s emergency preparedness and response activities, including for the 2014 Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) response, 2013 H7N9 influenza response, and 2009 H1N1 Influenza Vaccine Task Force.
Carlos Velázquez, MA is the Senior Vice President of Community Engagement for HMA Associates, Inc., a cultural communications firm based in Washington, DC. He has more than 20 years of experience in the health communications and policy arena. He has managed national social marketing campaigns that address health disparities in immunization, HIV, tobacco, infant mortality, and violence. He is an award-winning speaker, writer, and community organizer. He is currently the Project Director for the CDC’s National Influenza Vaccination Promotion Campaign for Health Disparate Populations.
Blake Harper, MPH Mr. Harper brings several years of experience working at the national level to develop effective and innovative public health strategies for a variety of governmental and non-governmental contractors including the CDC. As the Public Health Manager at the National Indian Health Board (NIHB), Mr. Harper provides expertise in public health, health care, vulnerable populations, and American Indian and Alaska Native issues