Dr. C. Everett Koop, 13th Surgeon General, and Dr. Julie Gerberding, CDC Director to Speak at Anchor and Caduceus Dinner

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The Public Health Service Commissioned Officers Foundation has announced that Dr. C. Everett Koop, 13th U.S. Surgeon General will attend the February 1st Anchor and Caduceus Dinner in Washington, DC and offer brief remarks.

Global Disease Control and Prevention – Health Priorities in the 21st Century.

The Public Health Service Commissioned Officers Foundation has announced that Dr. C. Everett Koop, 13th U.S. Surgeon General will attend the February 1st Anchor and Caduceus Dinner in Washington, DC and offer brief remarks.

Dr. Julie L. Gerberding, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will deliver the 2008 Dr. C. Everett Koop Honorary Lecture at the dinner. The Anchor and Caduceus Dinner celebrates the establishment of the PHS Commissioned Corps in 1889. Dr. Gerberding will be introduced by Rear Admiral Steven K. Galson, USPHS, Acting Surgeon General and Commander of the PHS Commissioned Corps.

Dr. Gerberding will speak on “Global Disease Control and Prevention – Health Priorities in the 21st Century.” The dinner event will be held at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC with no host cocktails at 6PM followed by dinner and Dr. Gerberding’s remarks at 7PM. The event is open to the public and sponsor opportunities are available by contacting the PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation. The cost is $75 per person with reduced fees for officers of the PHS Commissioned Corps.

Increasing economic globalization, climate change, ease of international air travel, and border crossings many other factors are focusing increased attention on the vulnerability of the world economy and populations to the threat of rapidly developing diseases. Protecting public health is the most fundamental component of economic, national, and global security.

The PHS Commissioned Corps serves as the Nation’s frontline defense for public health security and traces its origins to 1789. Its precursor, the Marine Hospital Service was founded to protect the economy of a young Nation dependent for survival on maritime commerce and threatened by imported ship borne disease.

Since 1889, the PHS Commissioned Corps has been one of the Nation’s seven uniformed services in recognition of the importance of their role in national security. The PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation is a non-profit, 501c(3) tax entity whose purpose is to advocate for and educate about improved public health awareness. The Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Program supports a variety of educational opportunities for future public health leaders.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. For additional information and reservations, visit the online registration site at http://www.phscof.org/anchorcaduceus.html, or contact Jerry Farrell or Brian McSheffrey at 301-731-9080. Email bmcsheffrey @ coausphs.org.

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