State Health Commissioner To Speak At UTHSCT

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. in the Biomedical Research Auditorium. 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 include:

  • "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;
  • Ethics: Genetic Screening in the Workplace," Howard Stone, Ph.D., assistant professor of bioethics, UTHSCT;
  • "Current Hot Issues in Infection Control," Marian Crawford, RN, BSN, nursing coordinator, Occupational Health Clinic, Infection Control and Employee Health, UTHSCT; and

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