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WGHA and IHME host Zika briefing for Congressional Staff

Congressional Zika Briefing

Zika Virus: A brief overview and its potential impact on public health

Wednesday, July 6th, the Washington Global Health Alliance and the Institute for Health and Metrics Evaluation (IHME) will host a briefing for congressional staff on “Zika Virus: A brief overview and its potential impact on public health.”

This informal briefing, held in collaboration with Representatives Adam Smith (WA), Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX), and Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA), provides the history of the Zika Virus Disease, its symptoms, prevention, and current trends in the outbreak. On June 22, 2016, the CDC reported 819 travel-associated cases in the United States and 1,854 locally acquired cases in U.S. territories. Public education is essential to fighting the disease’s spread in the US and around the world.

The discussion and Q/A will be led by Lisa Cohen, Executive Director of the Washington Global Health Alliance. Ms. Cohen has over 25 years of experience in broadcast news and currently collaborates with health organizations to foster research, education, and training, as well as to raise awareness for global health challenges.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. David Pigott, Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)
  • Dr. Peter J. Hotez, Founding Dean of National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Dr. Joseph C. Gathe Jr., Infectious Disease Specialist, Travel Medicine Clinic Houston Texas, Largest HIV Practice in the United States
  • Rick A. Bright, Director of Influenza Division, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Rep. Adam Smith’s office will live stream the briefing via Facebook LIVE, here.