For Immediate Release
August 20, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

MEDIA ADVISORY: Governor's H1N1 Pandemic Influenza Summit
scheduled for 1 p.m. on August 24 in locations across Kansas

Press availability at 12:30 p.m. immediately before the summit in Topeka
at the Maner Conference Center

Governor Mark Parkinson and key stakeholders from across the state will meet to discuss the current global pandemic of the H1N1 Influenza A Virus.

On Monday, August 24th at 12:30 p.m. a press availability with Governor Parkinson, Adjutant General Tod Bunting and State Health Director Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips will be held in the Shawnee Ballroom A of the Maner Conference Center.

Following the press availability, the leaders will convene the Governor’s H1N1 Pandemic Influenza Summit from 1-5 p.m. in the Sunflower Ballroom of the Maner Conference Center in Topeka. The summit will be broadcast to six additional locations across the state.  The broadcast locations are:

Scheduled to speak at the summit are Governor Mark Parkinson; Roderick Bremby, Secretary of Health and Environment; Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, Kansas Adjutant General; Alexa Posney, Kansas Commissioner of Education; Col. Terry Maple, Superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol; and Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, State Health Officer and Director of Health for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.  Speakers will also include local health leaders and business partners.

Because of space constraints this event is by invitation only to partners in public health, hospitals, EMS, schools, agriculture, faith-based organizations, emergency management, government, public safety, businesses and others.  Media partners are invited and encouraged to attend.  Members of the media should be prepared to identify themselves as such at the registration table.

The Summit is sponsored by the Office of the Governor, the Adjutant General’s Department/Kansas Division of Emergency Management, the Kansas State Department of Education, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and the Kansas Highway Patrol.