Additional Events

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A lottery process will be held to select participants for tours of the CDC Emergency Operations Center, Foodborne Diseases and PulseNet laboratory, and the Healthcare-Associated Infections Laboratory.

Participants are only allowed to enter the lottery drawing for one tour. If you wish to be entered into the lottery, please click here and proceed to the tickets page. To be entered into the lottery you must indicate your interest by Friday, February 15 at 12:00 AM EST. All interested participants will be notified of their status on Monday, February 25. If you have been selected you will receive information regarding registration and payment.

Participation will be limited to US citizens and proof of citizenship will be required if you are selected to participate on the tour.

Museum and Lab Tours

The Public Health Preparedness Summit is excited to offer limited opportunity tours for two of the CDC’s clinical laboratories. Each lab tour will also include a tour of the CDC Museum! Participants may only select one lab tour.

  • Tour 1: Foodborne Diseases and PulseNet laboratories: Limit: 12 participants
  • Tour 2: Healthcare-Associated Infections laboratory: Limit: 12 participants

8:00am: Depart the Marriott Marquis
8:45am: Arrive at the CDC
9:30am- 11:00am: Museum Tour (both Lab Tour Groups)
11:15am – 11:45am: Lab Tours
12:00pm: Bus departs CDC
12:30pm: Arrive Marriott Marquis

Cost: $25
Includes the tours and transportation

Museum and EOC Tours

The Public Health Preparedness Summit is excited to offer limited opportunity tours of the CDC’s Emergency Operation Center. Two groups (25 participants per group) will alternate between tours of the CDC Museum and the Emergency Operations Center.

Limit: 50 participants

11:15am: Bus departs Marriott Marquis
11:45am: Arrive at the CDC
12:30-1:30pm: Group 1 goes on the CDC Museum Tour and Group 2 goes on the EOC Tour
1:30-2:30pm: Group 2 goes on the CDC Museum Tour and Group 1 goes on the EOC Tour
2:45pm: Bus departs CDC
3:15pm: Arrive Marriott Marquis

Cost: $25
Includes the tours and transportation
Lunch will be provided on the bus

Tour Descriptions

CDC Museum
The David J. Sencer CDC Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, uses award-winning exhibits and innovative programming to educate visitors about the value of public health, and presents the rich heritage and vast accomplishments of CDC. The museum hosts more than 70,000 visitors each year, and provides popular educational programs for students and teachers. Established in 1996 in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 50th anniversary and to coincide with the Centennial Olympic Games, the facility was originally called the Global Health Odyssey Museum. . In 2011, the museum was re-named the David J. Sencer CDC Museum, in honor of the longest serving director of CDC.

Foodborne Diseases and PulseNet Lab
The mission of the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases is to better understand emerging, reemerging, drug-resistant, bacterial, parasitic, and mycotic pathogens and to discover the pathways they use to make people sick. This is done in collaboration with state health departments, academic researchers, federal regulatory agencies, and partners around the world. This information is used to improve prevention and inform policy. One of the tools for surveillance is PulseNet. PulseNet is a national network of public health and food regulatory agency laboratories, including state health departments, local health departments, and federal agencies (CDC, USDA/FSIS, FDA) which allows participants to perform standardized molecular subtyping (or “fingerprinting”) of foodborne disease-causing bacteria by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE).

Healthcare-Associated Infections Lab
Approximately 1 out of every 20 hospitalized patients will contract a healthcare-associated infection (HAI). CDC strives to understand the causes of HAIs and to develop appropriate interventions. The CDC Prevention Epicenters Program, a component of the Healthcare Associated Infections Lab, is a collaboration of academic medical centers that conducts innovative infection control and prevention research. Prevention Epicenter investigators perform a number of research studies across a wide spectrum of topics relevant to the prevention of HAIs. These studies advance knowledge about HAIs and the progress toward their elimination.

CDC Emergency Operations Center Tour
When disaster strikes the CDC must respond effectively to support national and international public health emergency response in order to protect the health and welfare of the US and the world. The CDC’s Emergency Operation Center (EOC) brings together scientists from across the agency to analyze, validate, and efficiently exchange information during a public health emergency and connect those assets with emergency response partners. The EOC is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is equipped with state-of-the-art communications technologies. This is your chance to take a tour of this critical response Center and learn about the CDC’s role during national and international disasters.