A former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is scheduled to speak at Oregon State University next month on building public-private partnerships to improve health care while lowering costs.
Dr. Julie Gerberding, the first woman to direct the CDC, is to present “Becoming the Healthiest Nation” at 7 p.m. April 3 at a free, public event in the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St.
Gerberding is now president of the vaccine division of the pharmaceutical company Merck. During her tenure as CDC director from 2002 to 2009, the federal agency expanded its efforts in disaster preparedness, bioterrorism response, preventing pandemics and addressing emerging global health threats.