Panel discussion at WSU Vancouver will break down the Clark County measles outbreak

VANCOUVER, Wash. – With a months-long measles outbreak across Clark County inciting a renewed conversation around immunizations, experts in public health, journalism and the community will share their perspectives at Washington State University Vancouver during the "Anatomy of a Public Health Crisis" panel discussion from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110. The panel is free and open to the public.

Panelists will discuss the first 72 hours of the initial outbreak in 2018, how it unfolded, how the community stayed informed and lessons learned. The panelists represent local expertise in public health, health care, communication and journalism, including Dr. Alan Melnick, public health director and Clark County health officer; Debra Carnes, director of strategic communications at PeaceHealth; Wyatt Stayner, health staff writer at The Columbian; and Lori Anderson, a WSU Vancouver student. The panel will be moderated by Molly Solomon, Southwest Washington bureau chief at Oregon Public Broadcasting.

About WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. in Vancouver, east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205, or via C-TRAN bus service. Parking is available at meters and in the Blue Daily pay lot for $4.

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations.

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Brenda Alling, Office of Marketing and Communications, 360-546-9601, brenda_alling@wsu.edu

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