Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ) Meeting

Date: August 6—7, 2013
Staff Representative: Andy Roszak
Member Representative: Paul Biedrzycki, Julie Cobb, Shandy Dearth, Fernando Gonzalez, Linda Noson, Andrew Pickett, James Pugh

Highlights: NACCHO, in collaboration with CDC’s DGMQ conducted a two-day meeting focused on strengthening communications between airport officials, local health departments, and responding agencies. The meeting was attended by DGMQ, local health officials, emergency management officials, first responders, and airport personnel. The group discussed issues that were highlighted in the recent NACCHO publication, “Communicable Disease Preparedness on Domestic Flights: A Summary Report of Local Health Department and Airport Coordination,” which focuses on identifying challenges related to the coordination, authorities, and issues in managing suspected communicable diseases aboard domestic flights. In August, we will revisit the summary report and further discuss issues surrounding establishing command and control procedures, identifying all agencies involved in the response, and clarifying the roles of these agencies.

About Frances Bevington

Frances Bevington is the Senior Marketing and Communications Specialist for Public Health Preparedness at NACCHO. Her work includes emergency and risk communications planning, strategic messaging, and multichannel marketing for the adoption of best practices in public health preparedness. Twitter: @Wilkington

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