Press Release

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services assistant secretary for preparedness and response to speak at healthcare symposium

Press Release

OGUNQUIT, Maine — Dr. Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary for preparedness and response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will speak on Sept. 19, at Compass Healthcare Facilities Symposium at The Cliff House Resort & Spa in Ogunquit, Maine.

In June 2009, just two months after the H1N1 flu virus was first detected, Dr. Lurie was nominated as the assistant secretary for preparedness and response in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. On her first day, she was faced with preparing the nation to respond to an impending public health threat. The mission of Dr. Lurie’s office is to lead the nation in preventing, responding to and recovering from the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters, ranging from hurricanes to bioterrorism.

Hosted by WBRC Architects-Engineers and Harriman Architects-Engineers, the annual symposium gathers healthcare executives in an intimate setting to hear from thought leaders from across the country on timely topics pertaining to facility planning and management. The symposium theme is “What’s Next? Preparing for the Unexpected.”

Dr. Lurie was previously senior natural scientist and the Paul O’ Neill Alcoa professor of health policy at the RAND Corporation. There she directed RAND’s public health and preparedness work as well as RAND’s Center for Population Health and Health Disparities. She also served as principal deputy assistant secretary of health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; in state government, as medical adviser to the commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Health; and in academia, as professor in the University of Minnesota Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Lurie has a long history in the health services research field, primarily in the areas of access to and quality of care, mental health, prevention, public health infrastructure and preparedness and health disparities.

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