Michael F. Easley

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North Carolina
Department of Health and Human Services

For Release: IMMEDIATE
Date: September 27, 2007

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CC&PS Secretary Beatty to Receive NCPHA
Partners in Public Health Distinguished Group Award

RALEIGH – Bryan Beatty, secretary of the NC Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, tonight will receive the North Carolina Public Health Association’s (NCPHA) Partners in Public Health Distinguished Group Award.  The award will be presented to Sec. Beatty during the Association’s 2007 Annual Educational Conference being held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Research Triangle Park.

“We are delighted that Secretary Beatty has been recognized by the Association,” State Health Director Leah Devlin, who nominated Beatty for the award, said. “Since 9-11 he has been instrumental in building a strong partnership between his agency and public health, and we wanted him to receive the recognition he deservers.”

The Partners in Public Health Distinguished Group Award was established in 1998 to recognize other organizations and professions who have made significant contributions to public health in North Carolina.

One of the earliest efforts Beatty lead included the state’s forensic epidemiology training conducted by CDC in 2002.  The training was the first of its kind in the nation, and Beatty’s support helped ensure the participation of the state’s sheriffs, police officers, FBI and SBI representatives.  Not only did the conference lead to a number of changes in the way that public health/law enforcement policies are now developed, the CDC also began pointing to North Carolina as an example on how such conferences could enhance their efforts.  The forensic epidemiology course is now taught all over the country.  

Other instances of Beatty’s leadership cited by NCPHA include:

  1. Establishing a Suspicious Powder Protocol.
  2. Establishing a new commissioner slot to represent public health on State Emergency Response Commission.
  3. Supporting the effort to establish a robust Medical Surge Capacity.
  4. Facilitating establishment of transportation and security measures for the Strategic National Stockpile.
  5. Helping to prepare for Pandemic Flu in North Carolina.




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