RADM Stephen Redd, MD, Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Getting his start at CDC nearly 30 years ago, Dr. Redd is no stranger to the demands of leading national efforts to combat a public health emergency. During the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, he served as incident manager and was responsible for leading CDC’s efforts to keep Americans healthy and safe by protecting them from the flu. “As a runner and a swimmer, I like to compare a public health response to a race,” says Dr. Redd. “Like a race, an emergency response requires preparation and endurance. You must be able to hold a steady pace that will get you to the finish line, but there are also times when you are required to sprint, to learn on your feet, and to respond to challenges and changes as they are thrown at you. The key to entering the race is being mentally and physically prepared to take on the challenge and commit to getting to the finish line.”
Dr. Redd will be speaking about disaster relief efforts and the importance of environmental health.