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Local Pandemic Flu Summits Scheduled Across Kentucky

Press Release Date:  Monday, March 13, 2006  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Barbara Fox
(502) 564-6786

Local Pandemic Flu Summits Scheduled Across Kentucky

Local planning essential to address global threat of pandemic flu


     FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 13, 2006) – The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has announced local pandemic flu summits to be held statewide to address pandemic flu preparedness.

     In-state summits are designed to help public health and emergency response communities to inform and involve political, economic and community leadership in the state’s pandemic planning process.

     “Pandemic planning needs to address how schools, businesses, public agencies, faith-based organizations and communities across the state participate in pandemic preparedness,” said William Hacker, M.D., commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

     Kentucky held its statewide pandemic planning summit on Jan. 20, in Frankfort in response to President Bush’s plan to mobilize the nation to prepare for an influenza pandemic. Governor Ernie Fletcher and U.S. Department for Health and Human Services (HHS) Deputy Secretary Alex Azar II signed a resolution committing the state and federal government to planning efforts addressing pandemic flu preparedness.

     “Of all the many hazards we face, a pandemic has the unique potential to disrupt our lives, our health care system and our economy,” Governor Fletcher said. “Kentucky’s state emergency operations plan, combined with county and city emergency plans, provide Kentucky with a robust plan consistent and supportive of national efforts.”

     According to the federal Department for Health and Human Services, pandemic flu is virulent flu that causes a global outbreak, or pandemic, of serious illness. Currently, there is no pandemic flu.


     The following local pandemic summits have been scheduled:


·     Owensboro: March 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Wesleyan College, 300 Frederica St. (contact Angela Woosley, Green River District Health Department, 270-852-5480).


·     Stanford: March 21, 9 a.m.-noon, Lincoln County Cooperative Extension Service, 104 Metker Trail (contact Diane Miller, Lincoln County Health Department, 606-365-3106).


·     Sparta: March 21, 6-9 p.m., Kentucky Speedway Bluegrass Hall, Highway 35 (contact Diane Coleman, Three Rivers District Health Department, 502-484-3412).


·     Lexington: March 24, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Marriott Griffin Gate Resort, 1800 Newtown Pike (contact Dana Sizemore, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, 859-288-2300).


·     Morehead: April 4, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Carl Perkins Building, 1300 Divide Hill Drive (contact Sandra Glover, Gateway District Health Department, 606-674-6396).


·     Hazard: April 4, 9 a.m.-noon, Hal Rogers Center, 101 Bulldog Lane (contact Tracy Pinson, Kentucky River District Health Department, 606-668-3333).


·     Prestonsburg: April 6, 6-9 p.m., Floyd County Health Department Conference Room, 283 Goble Street (contact Jane Bond/Thursa Sloan, Floyd County Health Department, 606-886-2788).


·     Somerset: April 12, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., The Center for Rural Development, 2292 South Highway 27, Suite 300 (contact Daniel Bell, Lake Cumberland District Health Department, 606-678-4761).


·     Inez: April 13, 6-9 p.m., Roy F. Collier Community Center, 1200 Main St. (contact Geneva Wallen/Carol Holbrook, Martin County Health Department, 606-298-7752).


·     Frankfort: April 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Franklin County Health Department, 851 East-West Connector (contact Wil King, Franklin County Health Department, 502-564-9336).


·     Gilbertsville: April 18, 3-5 p.m., Kentucky Dam Village, 166 Upper Village Drive (contact Alison Beshear, Marshall County Health Department, 270-252-2702).


·     Gilbertsville: April 18, 6-8 p.m., Kentucky Dam Village, 166 Upper Village Drive (contact Kathie Hunt, Purchase District Health Department, 270-247-1490).


·     Shepherdsville: April 19, 9 a.m.-noon, Paroquet Springs Conference Center, 395 Paroquet Springs Drive (contact Ruby Morris, Bullitt County Health Department, 502-955-5930).


·     Paintsville: April 24, 9-11 a.m., Paintsville Fire Department Training Center, 116 Main St. (contact Sharon Green, Johnson County Health Department, 606-349-6212).


·     Jackson: April 25, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Breathitt County Life Skills Center, 1127 East Main St. (contact Jarrod Crase, Breathitt County Health Department, 606-666-7755).


·     Salyersville: April 26, 9 a.m.-noon, Magoffin County Teen Scene, Ky. 7, corner of Hornet Drive (contact Kathy Hembree, Magoffin County Health Department, 606-349-6212).


·     Hardinsburg: April 28, 9 a.m.-noon, Kentucky Future Farmers of America (FFA) Leadership Center, 111 FFA Camp Road (contact Bethany Shelton, Breckenridge County Health Department, 270-756-2282).


·     London: May 2, 2-6 p.m., London Community Center, 529 South Main St. (contact Kathy Fields, Cumberland Valley District Health Department, 606-864-4764).


·     Scottsville: May 2, 5 p.m., Scottsville Church of Christ, 1379 Smiths Grove Road (contact Harold Kelley, Allen County Health Department, 270-237-4423).


·     Richmond: May 3, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Perkins Building, Eastern Kentucky University (contact Carol Gilliam, Madison County Health Department, 859-626-4259).


·     St. Catharine: May 4, 6-8 p.m., St. Catharine College, 2735 Bardstown Road (contact Sara Jo Best, Lincoln Trail District Health Department, 270-769-1608).


·     Greenville: May 11, 1-3 p.m., First Baptist Church, 103 N. Cherry Street (contact Joseph Bean, Muhlenberg County Health Department, 270-754-3200 or Leslie Daniels, Todd County Health Department, 270-265-2362).


·     Madisonville: May 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Lonestar Pentecostal Church, Highway 85 East (contact Robbie Jones, Hopkins County Health Department, 270-821-5242).


·     Maysville: May 23, 6-9 p.m., Maysville Community College (contact Suzie Hamm, Buffalo Trace District Health Department, 606-564-9447).


·     Erlanger: May 24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Receptions Banquet & Conference Center, 1379 Donaldson Highway (contact Steve Divine, Northern Kentucky Health Department, 859-363-2023).


·     LaGrange: May 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Oldham County Community Center, 1551 N. Highway 393 (contact Dori Livy, Oldham County Health Department, 502-222-3516).


     More information on pandemic flu readiness is available at and





Last Updated 3/13/2006