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Highly Infectious Disease Conference

Monday, March 23, 2020

Important notice about the conference

March 9, 2020

Dear registered attendees,

Out of an abundance of caution regarding the potential spread of COVID-19, the Highly Infectious Disease Conference, sponsored by Ballad Health and the Northeast Tennessee Healthcare Preparedness Coalition, scheduled for March 23 will no longer be an in-person symposium. Instead, the conference will be adapted into a two-hour interactive webinar. Unfortunately, due to this format, we will be unable to offer Continuing Medical Education (CME)/Continuing Nurse Education (CNE) credit.

We did not come to this decision lightly, but following social distancing recommendations, we felt it was important to move the conference online to protect our attendees.

We still believe this conference will be especially beneficial and pertinent to attendees, considering COVID-19’s emergence and spread worldwide. During the conference, we will analyze various response tactics currently being used to contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Our keynote speaker Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner will be presenting during the webinar.  He will be sharing lessons learned from his recent participation in international and national COVID-19 response.  Attendees will be able to send in questions in real-time for an interactive question and answer session.

We hope you will still be able to join us online for this extremely important event and will be sending information with log-in details and final time.  The two hour webinar will still be held on March 23.

Thank you,

Jamie Swift
Corporate Director of Infection Prevention

About the conference

The risk of major disease outbreak is an ever-present threat for all healthcare providers. Among epidemiology experts, the major question regarding the next major epidemic or pandemic is not "if," but "when."

The need for ongoing training and preparation remains high for healthcare providers both throughout the world and here in our region. This conference will bring in experts from the front lines of global disease outbreak treatment and prevention who have provided care to patients with highly infectious diseases.

Speakers will include professionals from the Ebola treatment units in Liberia and the Serious Communicable Diseases Containment Unit at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, GA.

Attendees will hear about lessons learned from previous outbreaks as well as what all facilities should be doing to prepare for the next emerging disease.

Speakers & topics

A Global Update

Keynote Speaker: Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, BVSc, MSc, MPH, MRCVS Director of Strategic Partnerships, Fellowship in Disaster Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston