273456 Whooping Cough Outbreaks and Diminishing Public Health Resources

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Susan M. Allan, MD, JD, MPH , Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
The increasing number of whooping cough cases in many states has further strained health departments that have experienced significant reductions in recent years. How is the prevention and control of these outbreaks affected by the reduced public health workforce and resources?

Learning Areas:
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe the changes in public health resources and capacity for immunizations. Identify three ways that recent whooping cough outbreaks are straining public health agencies. Describe the possible interrelationships between increasing outbreaks and reduced public health services.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been involved with directing state and local public health agencies for more than 20 years, and have extensive experience and have done research related to public health systems, outbreak identification and response.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.