10:35-11:50 a.m.
The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education


Dr. Andrew Olshan

Dr. Andrew F. Olshan

10:35-10:40 a.m.
Session Host and Moderator: Andrew F. Olshan, PhD
, Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor in Cancer Epidemiology, Epidemiology, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health


10:40-11 a.m.
“Hospital Preparedness and Responses to a Flu Epidemic”
David J. Weber, MD, MPH
, Professor, Epidemiology, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health; Professor, Medicine and Pediatrics, School of Medicine; Associate Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director, UNC Hospitals’ Departments of Hospital Epidemiology and Occupational Health, UNC-Chapel Hill

Dr. David Weber

Dr. David J. Weber

David J. Weber, MD, MPH, also is Associate Director of the North Carolina Statewide Infection Control Program, Co-chair of UNC’s Biomedical IRB and UNC’s Principle Investigator for the Duke-UNC Epicenter, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Weber is Associate Editor of Infection Control Hospital Epidemiology, liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and a member of the SHEA Board. Dr. Weber has published more than 380 scientific papers in peer-reviewed literature. His research interests include the epidemiology of healthcare-associated infections, new and emerging infectious diseases (novel influenza, SARS-coV, MERS-coV, Ebola), response to bio-threats, nontuberculous mycobacteria, norovirus, control of drug resistant pathogens, immunization practices (especially of healthcare personnel), zoonotic diseases and the epidemiology of tuberculosis.

Selected publications:

  1. Kanamori, H., Rutala, W., Gergen, M. F., & Weber, D. J. (2016). Patient Room Decontamination Against Multidrug Resistant Organisms Using a Fixed Cycle-Time Ultraviolet-C Device and Two Different Device Locations. American Journal of Infection Control, 44(6) S36.
  2. DiBiase, L. M., Weber, D. J., Sickbert-Bennett, E. E., Anderson, D. J., & Rutala, W. A. (2014). The growing importance of non-device-associated healthcare-associated infections: a relative proportion and incidence study at an academic medical center, 2008-2012. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 35(2), 200-202.
  3. Rutala, W. A., & Weber, D. J. (2001). New disinfection and sterilization methods. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 7(2), 348.

11-11:20 a.m.
“Best Communication Practices During Outbreaks”
Bridget Kelly, PhD, MPH
, Senior Health Communication Research Scientist; Program Manager for Science in the Public Sphere, RTI International

Dr. Bridget Kelly

Dr. Bridget Kelly

Bridget Kelly, PhD, MPH, works at RTI International’s Center for Communication Research. Dr. Kelly has more than 15 years of experience in public health and health communication research. Her research spans qualitative and quantitative methods, including formative research, cognitive interviewing, experimental message testing, survey development and analysis, content analysis and validation of measures. During the 2009 H1N1 epidemic, Dr. Kelly led a rapid-response study of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s H1N1 web pages and an evaluation of the organization’s pandemic preparedness communication efforts. More recently, she has published peer-reviewed articles on communication during outbreaks of the Ebola and Zika viruses. Prior to joining RTI, she worked as a research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research, where she studied the effects of framing messages on intentions to vaccinate.

Selected publications:

  1. Kelly, B. J., & Hornik, R. C. (2016). Effects of Framing Health Messages in Terms of Benefits to Loved Ones or Others: An Experimental Study. Health Communication, 31(10), 1284-1290. DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2015.1062976, 10.1080/10410236.2015.1062976
  2. Southwell, B., Dolina, S., Jimenez-Magdaleno, K., Squiers, L., & Kelly, B. (2016). Zika virus–related news coverage and online behavior, United States, Guatemala, and Brazil. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 22(7), 120-121. DOI: 10.3201/eid2207.160415

11:20-11:40 a.m.
“Local Public Health Preparedness and Responses to Flu and Other Emerging Infection Epidemics”
Zack Moore, MD, MPH
, State Epidemiologist for North Carolina; Epidemiology Section Chief, Division of Public Health, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Zack Moore

Dr. Zack Moore

Zack Moore, MD, MPH, received a medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University. Dr. Moore completed training in pediatrics at Stanford University and in pediatric infectious diseases at Emory University. He began working with the North Carolina Division of Public Health in 2006 as an officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. Before accepting his current position, Dr. Moore’s duties included coordinating influenza surveillance and serving as an influenza subject matter expert for the state.


11:40-11:50 a.m.
Moderated questions/discussion

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