The 2009 H1N1 (Swine) Flu has been called a young person's virus. Unlike most other strains of influenza, it is most prevalent, and dangerous, for 25-64 year-olds -- the group that makes up the vast majority of the global workforce. H1N1 has caused more deaths in three months than the seasonal flu did in the entire past year. How long will the outbreak continue, and how widespread will it be? Dr. Ken Dretchen, who advises the Department of Health and Human Services, provides his opinion on the likely path and severity of the virus. How should businesses deal with their employees in the event of a mass H1N1 outbreak? Prof. Lamar Reinsch, an expert in crisis management and organizational communication, offers his take on the current situation and offers advice for employers on surviving and thriving during a pandemic.
Dr. Kenneth Dretchen is the Chairman, and a Professor, of the Department of Pharmacology at the Georgetown University Medical Center. In addition, he is the Senior Associate Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for Georgetown University School of Medicine (GUMC), as well as the former Interim Chief Operations Officer for GUMC. He is an expert on bioterrorism, nerve gas usage, nerve gas effects, bioterror detection, Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), and pharmacological research issues. He was recently a member of the team of experts that designed kits carried by the U.S. Military for use in case of exposure to chemical weapons of mass destruction. He is currently an advisor to the US government on the H1N1 virus.
Dr. Lamar Reinsch is a Professor of Management at the McDonough School of Business and the Director of Georgetown's Executive Master's in Leadership degree program. He frequently writes and speaks on issues of leadership, crisis management, and organizational communication. Professor Reinsch is a former President of the Association for Business Communication and a fellow of that organization. He has received a number of awards for research and teaching, including the Alpha Kappa Psi award for a distinguished publication in business communication and the Outstanding Teacher award in the Georgetown Campus Global Executive MBA program. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Business Communication.
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