Plenary Sessions

2023 Plenary Sessions

Preparedness in a Shared Environment: Renewing Our Commitment to One Health
Monday, April 24, 8:00-10:00 AM ET

The number of infectious disease outbreaks in 2022 highlighted the need for the preparedness community to be thoughtful about the broad range of influences that impact global health. Integration of a One Health approach is becoming more critical as part of ongoing prevention, detection, preparedness, and response initiatives. To renew our commitment to a One Health strategy at the national, state, tribal, and local planning level, this session discusses how we can incorporate the importance of “One Health” into day-to-day planning and operations and improve community resiliency into the future. 


  • Dr. Colin Basler, DVM, MPH, Deputy Director, CDC One Health Office, CDC One Health Liaison to WOAH
  • Dr. Mary-Margaret Fill, MD, MPH, Deputy State Epidemiologist, Communicable and Environmental Diseases and Emergency Preparedness, State of Tennessee
  • Dr. Herbert Wolfe, MHS-PA, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Office of Health Security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security 
  • Dr. Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Secretary of Health, Washington

Paths to Recovery: Empowering Resilient Communities

Tuesday, April 25, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM ET

As we recover from the events of the past several years, the mental health impact on our communities will continue to be felt for years to come. How can we empower our communities to adapt and thrive? This session will explore grassroots resilience efforts around the country and the world and the vital conditions necessary to support equitable recovery. 


  • Abigail Goodwin, MA, MPH, Executive Vice President, Palm Health Foundation
  • Daniel Aldrich, PhD, Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
  • Erin McDonald, PhD, MPP, Lead, Equitable Long-Term Recovery and Resilience Plan, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
  • Neil Brockway, Director, Disaster Risk Reduction, American Red Cross

Reprioritizing Climate Change in an All-Hazards World
Thursday, April 27, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM ET

Climate change represents a significant risk to public health and safety across our country and around the globe. Our understanding of the impact of changing weather patterns on the vital conditions essential for healthy communities and how we plan to address them, particularly for those most vulnerable, is a constant challenge to our day-to-day work as public health preparedness professionals. Join this important closing session to learn about work at the federal level to advance this cause and to hear how one community is adapting locally for an all-hazards world. 


  • John Balbus, MD, MPH, Interim Director, Office of Climate Change and Health Equity Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Natalie Grant, MPH, Director, Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Jason Wilken, PhD, MPH, Career Epidemiology Field Officer assigned to the California Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Addison Houston, MCRP, AICP, Climate Adaptation Strategist/Environmental Health Emergency Response Coordinator, Healthy Community Planning & Partnerships, Climate & Health Equity Initiative, Public Health – Seattle & King County

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