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Third annual Polio and Health Symposium to be presented by Rotary Club of Emory-Clifton

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Third annual Polio and Health Symposium to be presented by Rotary Club of Emory-Clifton

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Atlanta, GA – The Rotary Club of Emory-Clifton, with presenting partner United Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Georgia (UAPRN) and partner Shriners Hospitals for Children, will virtually present the Third Annual Health and Polio Symposium on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 in Atlanta, according to a press release from the Rotary club.

“Overcoming the Challenges of COVID-19 to Achieve a Global Health Legacy” is open to the public and will be presented through a live webcast. Online tickets are $60 for health professionals seeking continuing education credits.

Rotarians and members of the public are invited to participate, and are welcome to make a donation to support the program. Tickets may be purchased at: www.emorycliftonrotary.com. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. to facilitate live viewing in Africa and Europe.

Speakers include:

– Carlos del Rio, M.D., infectious disease expert and distinguished professor of medicine at Emory University

– John F. Vertefeuille, Ph.D., M.H.S., polio eradication branch chief of the CDC Polio Emergency Response

– Carol Pandak, Ed.D., director of PolioPlus, Rotary’s global effort to eradicate polio

– Patrice Harris, M.D., immediate past president of the American Medical Association and the first African-American Women to hold this prestigious position

– Stephen L. Cochi, M.D., senior advisor to the director of the Global Immunization Division, Center for Global Health

– Scott H. Kozin, M.D., chief of staff of Shriners Hospitals for Children

– Laurence S. Sperling, M.D., founder and director of Preventive Cardiology at Emory Clinic

– Ashley Blackmon, MS, FNP-C, APRN, Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplant at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital

– Lisa Eichelberger, RN, Ph.D., Dean and professor of the College of Health at Clayton State University in Morrow, Ga.

“Rotary has been a major partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative along with CDC, WHO, UNICEF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation since 1988,” said Dr. Isam Vaid, president of the Rotary Club of Emory-Clifton. “Through this coordinated effort, the disease has been eliminated in all but two countries. However, the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic is presenting unprecedented challenges to polio eradication, and potentially could lead to a reoccurrence of the disease.

The symposium’s speakers will update participants on the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, including Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM), known as the “new polio”, as well as detail the latest developments on the treatment and prevention of COVID-19 and how the pandemic has affected worldwide and domestic polio eradication. The symposium is targeted to Rotarians, especially those working in healthcare, but it is open to anyone who is interested in this topic,” he said. “UAPRN is pleased to serve as presenting partner in this important annual event,” said Michelle Nelson, Ph.D., RN, FNP-BC, state president of UAPRN Georgia. “Not only are there numerous lessons to be learned from the ongoing work to eradicate polio, but there will also be information presented on therapeutics that can be applied to rural and medically underserved areas. This is of particular interest to Georgia’s Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, since we are on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19, and we often care for patients in areas where there are few doctors and no nearby hospitals.”

About Rotary Club of Emory-Clifton

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves. For more than 110 years, Rotary members have used their passion, energy and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. Since 1985, Rotary has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the effort to rid the world of the polio virus. This is the third year the Rotary Club of Emory-Clifton and its partners have presented the Annual Health and Polio Symposium. www.emorycliftonrotary.com


United Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Georgia is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving access to healthcare for the citizens of Georgia. The organization’s members support the advancement of the role APRNs play in the healthcare system by addressing and promoting legislative and practice issues. UAPRN has chapters throughout the state of Georgia, where members enjoy access to continuing education opportunities, networking, information on available jobs and much more. www.uaprn.enpnetwork.com

About Shriners Hospitals for Children

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 non-profit medical facilities across North America. Children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care, and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients' ability to pay. Headquartered in Tampa, Fl. , the hospitals are owned and operated by Shriners International , formerly known as the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, a Freemasonry -related organization whose members are known as Shriners. Patients are not required to have any familial affiliation with the Shriners order nor Freemasonry. www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org

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