State Health Commissioner Dr. David Lakey to speak at UTHSCT corporate wellness and emergency preparedness conference

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

David Lakey, MD, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, will be the keynote speaker at “Workplace Level Orange: A Public Health Perspective on Corporate Wellness and Emergency Preparedness” set for Friday, June 20, 2008, in the Center for Biomedical Research Auditorium of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, 11937 U.S. Highway 271 in Tyler.

Dr. Lakey will present “The Role of Public Health Officials in Disaster Preparedness” from noon to 1 p.m.

Dr. Lakey, who has served as state health commissioner since January 2007, is the former chief of infectious disease and medical director of UTHSCT’s Center for Pulmonary and Infectious Disease Control.

He joined UTHSCT in 1998 and also served as Smith County Health Authority while at UTHSCT.

Other conference topics are:

  • “Disaster Preparedness for Pandemic Flu,” by Steven Frangos, MD, MPH, Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, regional manager of Health and Medical Services – America, Chevron USA, Houston;
  • “Worksite Wellness,” Paul Rountree, MD, Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, occupational health manager, ExxonMobil Corp., Baytown;
  • Ethics: Genetic Screening in the Workplace,” Howard Stone, Ph.D., assistant professor of bioethics, UTHSCT;
  • Ergonomics – A Tool in Corporate Wellness,” Matthew Nonnemann, Ph.D., assistant professor, Occupational Health Sciences, UTHSCT;
  • “Current Hot Issues in Infection Control,” Marian Crawford, RN, BSN, nursing coordinator, Occupational Health Clinic, Infection Control and Employee Health, UTHSCT; and
  • “State of Occupational Medicine Training in the United States,” Jeffrey Levin, MD, MSPH, chair of the Department of Occupational Health Sciences, and Larry Lowry, Ph.D., professor, Occupational Health Sciences, UTHSCT.

UTHSCT’s Texas Institute of Occupational Safety and Health sponsors the conference, along with the Department of Medical Education at UTHSCT.

It is designed for physicians, nurses, emergency responders, public health officials, corporate and workplace wellness coordinators, and other health care professionals.

Conference attendees may earn continuing medical education credits and continuing nursing education credits.

Cost of the conference for those who pre-register by Friday, June 6, is $75 for physicians and $35 for nurses and other health care providers.

The fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and conference materials.

After June 6, the cost is $95 for physicians and $55 for other health care providers.

For information, call (903) 877-5636.

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