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H1N1 Focus of California Hospital Association Disaster Planning Conference
Date:9/14/2009

3-Day Conference Brings Together Public Health Officials, Clinicians, Disaster Experts

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the H1N1 pandemic unfolds and the fall flu season arrives, the potential impact on California's local community hospitals is significant. In order to address the myriad of complex issues that may arise, more than 800 nurses, doctors, emergency room (ER) managers, disaster planners, emergency preparedness coordinators, public health officials and governmental leaders have gathered in Sacramento for a three-day conference on the readiness of California's hospitals to respond to emergency or disaster situations.

"California's community hospitals are on the front lines of care, especially in times of a disaster," said C. Duane Dauner, president and CEO of the California Hospital Association (CHA), the sponsor of the conference. "Yet, hospitals don't operate in isolation. Emergency preparedness is an ongoing effort that requires collaboration among health care providers and state and local public health officials. This information-packed conference brings together all of the key stakeholders to ensure that our communities are prepared to respond to the challenges ahead."

The conference, called "From Readiness to Recovery," is cosponsored by the California Department of Public Health, the California Emergency Management Agency and the Emergency Medical Services Authority.

A highlight of the conference will be a panel discussion on preparing for an outbreak of the H1N1 pandemic influenza featuring three top state public health officials. The session, titled

"Preparing for an H1N1 Outbreak - The State's Perspective" is slated for Tuesday, September 15 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Sacramento Convention Center. Speakers will include Gilberto Chavez, M.D., chief of the Center for Infectiou
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