DCHHS director unites with others to share Ebola insights
DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson joined other local officials and health leaders at a public forum on Nov. 5 to discuss lessons learned from the Ebola crisis in Dallas. The forum, Vital Lessons: How Dallas Confronted the Ebola Challenge, was presented by The Dallas Morning News and hosted by the University of Texas at Dallas. Nearly 300 people attended the event.
“This forum gave us the opportunity to come together and share wisdom for what was once uncharted territory,” said Thompson. “Moving forward, we must realize the importance of ongoing collaboration in order to achieve our shared goals.”
As the public health authority in Dallas County, DCHHS has an essential role in protecting public health.
“In order to continue providing vital services to the community, federal and state funding must be increased to support public health infrastructure,” Thompson said. “Cuts to those funds are detrimental and counterproductive.”
Successful hospital readiness and local health department response to emerging diseases is a public health priority, he added.
Director Thompson, right, answers questions from moderators as panel guests and forum attendees listen.
Vital Lessons: How Dallas Confronted the Ebola Challenge Public Forum
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
|Zachary Thompson||Director, Dallas County Health and Human Services|
|Judge Clay Jenkins||Dallas County|
|Dr. David Lakey||Commissioner, Texas Department of State Health Services|
|Superintendent Mike Miles||Dallas ISD|
|Dr. Anthony Griffiths||Associate Scientist, Texas Biomedical Research Institute|
|Dr. Robert Haley||Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center|
|Mayor Laura Maczka||City of Richardson|
|Dr. Cedric Spak||Infectious Disease Specialist, Baylor Scott & White, North Texas Division|
|Dr. Dan Varga||Chief Clinical Officer, Texas Health Resources|
|Sue Ambrose||DMN Science Writer|
|DMN Sunday & Enterprise Editor|
|Sherry Jacobson||DMN Health Writer|
|Dr. Seema Yasmin||UT Dallas Professor and DMN Health Writer|