September Biodefense Policy Seminar!

The Biodefense Policy Seminars are back, and our Fall lineup is stellar! We’re delighted to have Dr. Daniel Dodgen of ASPR, Dr. Paul Walker of Green Cross International, and Dr. Kathleen Vogel come and speak to us this semester. As always, the seminars are free and open to the public. Our first Seminar is this Tuesday, September 17th. Details are below – stop by!

September Seminar“The ABCs of Including Special Populations in Biodefense and Public Health Preparedness”
Speaker: Dr. Daniel Dodgen
DateTuesday, September 17th, 2013 at 7:20 PM
: Meese Conference Room, Mason Hall, GMU Fairfax Campus

daniel_dodgenJoin us as Dr. Daniel Dodgen discusses the importance of including special populations in Biodefense & Public Health planning. Dr. Dodgen is the Director for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Community Resilience in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). His office is tasked with ensuring that HHS is developing policies and capabilities for emergency planning, response, and recovery activities that integrate at-risk individuals (including children), behavioral health, and community resilience. Dr. Dodgen also served as the Executive Director of the White House directed national advisory group on disaster mental health, and played a coordinating role in the federal response to Hurricanes Sandy, Gustav, Ike, and Dean; the H1N1 epidemic, the BP oil spill, the Sandy Hook school shooting, and other natural and manmade disasters.

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For more information about our Fall lineup, please visit our Events page.

Job Posting: Opening in the Office of Policy and Planning at ASPR in HHS

Our colleague at HHS ASPR, Diane DiEuliis, asked me to share the following job announcement. It is a director-level policy position in the office of Policy and Planning at ASPR. The person would be responsible for working through the National Health Security Strategy, among other ASPR frameworks. In addition, the person would also do quite a bit of interagency management, as well as state and local collaboration, on all preparedness and response policy issues.

Please contact her directly if you have any questions. Her contact information is 202-260-6119 or

Job listed here: (HHS) DE-13-825710