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Not for publication Feb. 1, 1999 – No. 84


12:30 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 3)
Williamsburg Inn, 136 E. Francis St.,
Williamsburg, Va.

UNC-CH School of Public Health dean to brief nation’s governors at terrorism conference

Dr. William L. Roper, dean of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health, will address a working luncheon session of the National Governors’ Association’s States’ Terrorism Policy Summit at the Williamsburg Inn from 12:30-2 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 3).

Roper will discuss involving the health-care community in the planning, evaluation and implementation of the nation’s response to terrorism and the need to improve the civilian medical response to chemical and biological terrorism.

Hosted by Virginia Governor James S. Gilmore III and North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt Jr., the two-day summit is sponsored by the National Governors’ Association and the National Emergency Management Association.

The summit is bringing governors and their senior decision-makers in emergency management, law enforcement and public safety together with representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Security Council.

Conference participants will share ideas on how to address emerging policy issues surrounding state and federal preparedness for domestic terrorist incidents. Discussion also will focus on what states can do to help guide the development of a national terrorism strategy.

A former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a pediatrician by training, Roper has federal, state and local government experience addressing health issues and tackling emerging threats to the public’s health.

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School of Public Health contact: Lisa Katz, 919-966-7467

News Services contact: Karen Stinneford, 919-962-8415