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October 22-24, 2012
University of Pittsburgh University Club

Monday, October 22, 2012
The University Club, 123 University Place, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260

11 a.m.

Registration Opens

1–1:10 p.m.

Welcome Address
Irene Eckstrand, National Institute of General Medical Sciences

1:10–1:20 p.m.

Perspectives from the CDC
Ali S. Khan, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

1:20–2:00 p.m.

Keynote Address
Donald S. Burke , University of Pittsburgh
Just the model or the whole meta-model? Toward an integrated decision support system

2:15–3:30 p.m. 

Session I
Data for Decision Support: from research to application
Moderator: John H. Miller, Carnegie Mellon University

  • Data Acquisition, Curation, and Access
    John Grefenstette, University of Pittsburgh
  • Research Contributions to the National Health Security Preparedness Index
    Michael A. Stoto, Georgetown University
  • Data for Preparedness Metrics: Legal, Economic, and Operational
    Margaret A. Potter, University of Pittsburgh

3:30–3:45 p.m.


3:45–5:15 p.m.

Session II
Methods and Innovations: methodological challenges and novel multi-disciplinary approaches
Moderator: John Grefenstette, University of Pittsburgh

  • Preparedness and Response in Public Health Practice: A Comparative Analysis of Four California Counties
    Steve Scheinert, Vermont EPSCoR
  • Public Health System Emergency Preparedness: Do public versus private legal directives matter?
    Elizabeth Ferrell Bjerke, University of Pittsburgh
  • Social Contagion Process in a Dynamic Informal Warning Network to Understand Evacuation Timing Behavior
    Satish Ukkusuri, Purdue University
  • Would school closure for the 2009 H1N1 influenza have been worth the cost?: A Computational Model
    Shawn T. Brown, University of Pittsburgh

5:15–6:45 p.m.

Reception and Networking



Tuesday, October 23, 2012


7:30 a.m.

Registration Opens

8–8:45 a.m.

Coffee and Networking

8:45–10:15 a.m.

Session III
Modeling: use of computational, conceptual, and mathematical modeling to explore legal frameworks, resource deployment, and operational efficiency and effectiveness under resource-constrained conditions
Moderator: Nathaniel Hupert, Weill Medical College Cornell University; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Contact Investigations for the Control and Prevention of Measles Transmission
    Wayne Enanoria, University of California Berkeley
  • Integrating Predictors of Health Disparities with a Complex Model of Influenza Spread
    Ayaz Hyder, Yale University
  • Evaluating a Combination of School Closure and Vaccination Policies Using Best Subset Selection
    K. Louis Luangkesorn, University of Pittsburgh
  • A Modeling Framework to Enable Dynamic Policy Evaluation
    Bryan Lewis, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Virginia Tech

10:30–11:45 a.m.

Keynote Address
Nicole Lurie, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
A Vision for Science Response

11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.


1:15–2:45 p.m.

Session IV
Impacts: demonstrations, observational studies, and comparisons focused on the outcomes of response to public health emergencies
Moderator: James Blumenstock, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

  • Improvement of Performance through Exercising
    Foluso Agboola, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's Health Hazard Assessment and Prioritization Tool
    Brandon Dean, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
  • Emergency Department Utilization in the Texas Medicaid Emergency Waiver Following Hurricane Katrina
    Troy Quast, Sam Houston State University
  • Performance of England's National Pandemic Flu Service in Mass Treatment and Rapid Surveillance
    Peter White, Health Protection Agency
  • Mass Vaccination Clinics During pH1N1: Learning from Success
    Tamar Klaiman, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

2:45–3 p.m.


3–4:30 p.m.

Session V
Progress of Research: presentation of studies on the critical themes of system sustainability, communications, workforce capabilities, and criteria and metrics and on the cross-cutting issues of legal infrastructure and special-needs populations
Moderator: Shawn T. Brown, University of Pittsburgh

  • New Measures of Community Preparedness and Community Recovery: Opportunities and Challenges
    Joie Acosta, RAND Corporation
    Lori Uscher-Pines, RAND Corporation
  • Development and Application of the Adaptive Response Metric (ARM)
    Margaret A. Potter, University of Pittsburgh
  • Bridging Government and Nongovernment to Build Community Resilience in Los Angeles County
    Anita Chandra, RAND Corporation
  • Optimal Allocation of Additional Cold Capacity in the Niger Vaccine Supply Chain
    Leila Haidari, University of Pittsburgh

4:30–6 p.m.

Poster Presentations and Reception




Wednesday, October 24, 2012


7:30 a.m.

Registration Opens

7:30–8 a.m.

Coffee and Networking

8–9:30 a.m.

High Priority Preparedness Research and Its Support
Moderator: Jeremy M. Berg, University of Pittsburgh
Susan Coller Monarez, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Samuel L. Groseclose, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Michael G. Kurilla, DMID, NIAID, NIH, DHHS

9:45 –11:15 a.m.

Session VI
Translation: utility and application of research results for policy making and practice
Moderator: Mildred Williams-Johnson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Redefining the Public Health System for Infectious Disease Emergency Preparedness and Response
    Elizabeth Ferrell Bjerke, University of Pittsburgh
  • Severe Storm Event Mitigation and Recovery Forecasting
    Joshua Behr, Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center at Old Dominion University
    Rafael Diaz, Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center at Old Dominion University
  • Geospatial Analytics to Evaluate Points of Dispensing for Local Medical Countermeasure Preparedness
    Kibri Hutchison Everett, RTI International
    Sherrianne M. Gleason, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Bruce Y. Lee, University of Pittsburgh
  • A Public Health Emergency Preparedness Critical Incident Registry (CIR)
    Rachael Piltch-Loeb, Georgetown University

11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

An Agenda for Future Research
Moderator: Arthur Kellermann, RAND Health
Richard J. Hatchett, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority
Thomas V. Inglesby, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
Paul E. Jarris, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Karen Smith, Napa County Health and Human Services Agency

12:15–12:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks and Reflection
Margaret A. Potter, University of Pittsburgh

Oakland (the neighborhood where Pitt is located) is the cultural heart of Pittsburgh. Explore its world-renowned art, architecture, parks, museums, and more while you're here for the conference.

Activities in Oakland

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Eating Out in Oakland

From hot dogs to hummus, burgers to bulgoki...it's served within easy walking distance of Pitt's landmark Cathedral of Learning. Download a printable list of Oakland eateries (PDF).

You might want to sample a unique local staple: a Primanti Brothers sandwich, featuring your choice of meat, cheese, what-have-you...together with fries and slaw...all between two thick slices of Italian bread. Or check out "The O"—the Original Hot Dog Shop, a Pitt student hangout for generations.


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Coffee & Snacks

Delis & Sandwiches

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