RCEC Health Symposium 2019


  • The Annual Health Symposium focussed on the challenges and impact of the Global polio eradication effort sponsored by the Rotary Club of Emory Clifton and Yarrab Shrine temple of Atlanta. The event took place at Shriners Temple, 400 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta 30308 from 9 am to 5pm. This year’s program brings internationally recognized experts from the Centers for Disease Control and the renowned Shriners Hospitals for Children together with Rotary to update the progress and challenges faced by the global polio eradication, examine the significance of the global measles/rubella outbreak and this vaccine resistance to global polio eradication effort and provide insight and the latest treatment options for an emerging disease that has been called “the new polio“– Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AMF). Our presenters include:Julie Hackett is a member of UNICEF’s Resource Mobilization and Advocacy team. She has been with UNICEF since 2010, where she first began working on the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). She has experience working at the field level in Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Angola on Communication for Development, emergency outbreak assessments and Resource Mobilization.Scott H. Kozin, M.D., Chief of Staff for Shriners Hospitals for Children- Philadelphia, will provide his expert clinical insights on the treatment, prognosis, and future research into a disease that paralyzes young children today and the potential for research in the future.
  • Julie Hakett, UNICEF - Communication challenges in Pak and Afg
  • Robert Linkins, PhD, Branch Chief of Accelerated Disease Control and Vaccine Preventable Disease Surveillance in the Global Immunization Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will examine the world-wide measles outbreak, the challenges that it presents, and how the impact for the global polio effort.
  • Mark A. Pallansch, PhD is Director, Division of Viral Diseases Division of Viral Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will update participants on the etiology, pathophysiology, current status and potential impact of Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AMF).
  • Carol Pandak, Ed. D.Director of the PolioPlus program at Rotary International, will present an overview of the progress that has been made against polio and the significant contribution the program has made on global public health.
  • John Vertefeuille, PhD MHS, Polio Eradication Branch Chief and Incident Manager Polio Emergency Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will provide a summary of global effort to end polio.
  • CMES were provided
Partner Involvement
Shriners Hospitals, UNICEF, WHO, CDC, RI - Polio Plus