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MEASLES: When an infectious disease emergency brings light to a community and its unique culture


Infectious disease specialist Patsy Stinchfield updates us on the recent measles outbreaks across our nation at the Bellingham City Club meeting. She will discuss the public health response required in a measles emergency and the complexities involved when those impacted are relative newcomers to community. The public is invited to the program which follows lunch at Northwood Hall Event Center, 3240 Northwest Ave, Bellingham. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are available via Brown Paper Tickets. Lessons learned will be shared from the Minnesota Measles 1990 outbreak that impacted the Hmong community and the 2017 Measles outbreak that struck Somali pre-school children. Patricia (Patsy) Stinchfield, MS, CPNP, CIC is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Infectious Disease at Childrenís who specializes in vaccine-preventable diseases. She is the Senior Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Childrenís Minnesota. She is a widely recognized infectious diseases specialist, having served as the first Nurse voting member of the CDCís Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices where she continues as a liaison member today. She is currently serving as the Vice President for the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Board of Directors. During her 30 years at Childrenís, she has led teams in response to outbreaks such as measles and H1N1 in diverse communities. Patsy led the Hospital Incident Command efforts at Childrenís during the 2017 measles outbreak which was the largest in 30 years.

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Northwood Hall
• Wed 7/24/19 at 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM