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Monday, October 20, 2008

AHRQ Update: Invitation to Join Pandemic Flu Webcast Featuring HHS Secretary Leavitt

A Special Edition of PlanFirst, Featuring HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt – October 29  1:00 EDT


Every level of government and sector of society is responsible for preparing now for an influenza pandemic.  The media buzz around "bird flu" has died down but the H5NI virus has not.  We must continue to prepare our Nation for a flu pandemic. 

Secretary Leavitt will provide formal remarks regarding the Nation's pandemic planning effort.  He will then join a roundtable discussion to address the Nation's level of preparedness and related issues.  As, always, our guests, including Secretary Leavitt, will take questions from the viewing audience.

Speakers will include:


  • Michael O. Leavitt, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Dr. Bill Raub, Science Advisor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Dr. Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota
  • Maggie Fox, Editor-in-Charge, Health and Science, Reuters


Wednesday, October 29 1:00 p.m. EDT




Registration is not required.  Click on the Web link above at 1p.m. on Wednesday, October 29.  Please note, you will need Flash (http://www.adobe.com) installed on your computer in order to view the live video stream.  You can test your ability to view the Flash video stream starting at 10 a.m. EDT on the day of the webcast at the address listed above. If you are unable to view this live stream in Flash format, you can view the Flash video-on-demand of the event that will be made available shortly after the broadcast.

Email your questions for the webcast panelists before and/or during the program to hhsstudio@hhs.gov. Please include your first name, state and town.

This pandemic influenza planning webcast is brought to you by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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