Join the Reddit 'Ask Me Anything' About Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases

Who

Melinda Moore, senior natural scientist, RAND Corporation

What

A Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session about Ebola and other infectious diseases

When

Friday, October 17, 2014
Noon to 1 p.m., ET

Where

Visit www.rand.org/reddit just before noon for a link to Reddit. Or, follow @RANDCorporation on Twitter. We'll tweet the Reddit link once it's available.

About the Topic

With West Africa's Ebola outbreak reaching distant shores, is the U.S. prepared to contain the threat from this disease? This week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director, Thomas Frieden, will address congress about the U.S. response. Hear reactions from RAND's Melinda Moore and ask her anything about Ebola and other infectious diseases.

Melinda Moore, a public health physician and senior researcher at RAND, has spent most of the last 35 years addressing global public health issues, including 20 years at the CDC and five years working for the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Her recent work about global health and health security is relevant to the ongoing Ebola crisis.

Notable topics:

  • The global dimensions of public health preparedness. The Ebola outbreak has underscored once again why Americans should remain aware and vigilant of health problems around the world.
  • Preparedness exercises. Just as with sports and music, practicing helps us hone our skills in public health preparedness and response. The U.S. worked with partners in Asia and the Middle East to carry out pandemic influenza exercises before the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.
  • Biosurveillance. Surveillance is a cornerstone to disease prevention and control.

Interviews

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