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March 14, 2007

'Meta-Leadership' Is Topic Of March 28 Conference

The Institute for Public Health Practice at the University of Iowa College of Public Health will host its annual Spring Colloquium and Leadership Conference from 9:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in the Richey Ballroom, Room 376 of the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus.

Joseph M. Henderson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) senior management official in New York State, will present "Meta-Leadership and the Challenge for Public Health," a program developed with the Harvard School of Public Health and the Kennedy School of Government. The program will define the qualities that separate a "meta-leader" from a traditional leader and describe leadership responses during a crisis.

Henderson previously served as the associate director of terrorism preparedness and response at the CDC. In this capacity he was responsible for all of the agency's public health emergency preparedness and response activities. In the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001 and the subsequent anthrax attacks, Henderson served as the deputy director of the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program helping to coordinate CDC's response efforts.

The event is free; however, pre-registration is requested.  To register, follow the "Conference" link and instructions online at A full conference agenda is also available on the Web site. For more information, contact Meredith Field at or 319-335-8710.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647,; Writer: Brandy Huseman.