In the aftermath of September 11, 2001 and the subsequent anthrax attacks, Joseph Henderson served as the deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program, helping to coordinate CDC's response efforts. AEC attendees will certainly benefit from the insights he has to offer from his unique experience.
In his current capacity as the associate director of Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response at CDC, Henderson is responsible for all of CDC's public health emergency preparedness and response activities. These activities are currently supported by a budget of $2.3 billion.
Henderson has been with the CDC since 1992 and during that time served as the New York state immunization program director, the southeast regional consultant for the National Immunization Program, and the team leader for the National Immunization Registry Initiative for the National Immunization Program. He spent 10 years in the United States Air Force developing medical capacities to respond to the consequences of nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare. NEHA is proud to welcome Joseph Henderson as one of its keynote speakers.
Four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser will transport AEC attendees to the wilds of Alaska as they imagine filling his boots in the famous 1,159 mile dogsledding race from Anchorage to Nome. When Buser crossed the finish line on March 12, 2002 with the winning time of 8 days-22 hours-46 minutes, he became the first musher to break the "mystical 8-day barrier."