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Dr. David Classen

“Emerging Epidemics: The Impact On Human Societies”

Thursday April 12,2018

In 2014, President Obama, speaking at the White House about the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, said, “Fighting this epidemic is a national security priority for the United States.” The President went on to highlight that with our interconnected world epidemic outbreaks anywhere have the potential to cause health and security risks in the US.
As signatories of the International Health Regulations, over 190 countries are obligated to report potential public health emergencies to the World Health Organization within 72 hours of becoming aware of the event. From 2007 to 2011, the WHO received notice of 222 such events from 105 states, including 24 events from the U.S. Each of these events had the potential to spread around the world rapidly.
The U.S., led by the Center for Disease Control, currently works in over 30 countries to identify health threats and to prevent the spread of epidemics to our country. The U.S., along with over 50 other countries, is a member of the Global Health Security Agenda, focused on making the world safer and more secure from infectious disease threats and to promote global health.
Despite these efforts public health experts believe that we are at greater risk today of experiencing large scale outbreaks and global pandemics like those we have seen in the past twenty years - HIV/ AIDS; SARS; swine flu; Ebola; and Zika.
More than 28,000 people were infected during the 2014-’16 Ebola epidemic, with over 11,000 deaths. ZIKA transmission has been reported in more than 100 countries across four continents. There is no known cure for ZIKA and only 14 relatively small areas that previously experienced ZIKA infection have been declared disease free as of today. Infectious diseases respect no borders and are carried around the world more rapidly than ever before.
The WHO’s International Health Regulations, the Global Health Security Agenda, and the efforts of the CDC working in many countries are examples of international efforts to combat infectious diseases globally and ensure our national security. Our speaker in April will discuss the threats to our national security from epidemics and how emerging epidemics may impact our world.
Dr. David Classen, M.D., M.S. is our speaker in April. Dr. Classen is Professor of Medicine at University of Utah and Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Pascal Metrics, a patient safety organization. He currently co-chairs the National Quality Forum’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Common Formats Committee. Dr. Classen is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He was one of the developers of the “Trigger Tool Methodology” used for the improved detection of adverse events which is currently used by more than 500 healthcare organizations in the US and Europe.
Dr. Classen earned his medical degree at the University of Virginia and an M.S. in Medical Informatics at the University of Utah. Also he earned a BS from UVA.
6:00 Cocktails 6:45 Dinner 7:45 Address and Discussion

Meal A: Grilled Salmon
Meal B: Roasted Petite Lamb Rack
Meal C: Mozzarella filled Zucchini