Lecture Hall Submission Form


National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)

74th Annual Educational Conference & Exhibition

Sunday, June 6–Wednesday, June 9, 2010 · Albuquerque, New Mexico



Primary Speaker Contact Information:


Thomas E. Crow



Job Title

Director of Environmental Health


Fairfax County Health Department


10777 Main Street, Suite 203





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Level of Environmental Health Knowledge Lecture Hall Presentation Is Geared Towards:









Type of Lecture Hall Presentation:


Single/Multiple Presenter(s) (Please list co-presenters below if applicable)


Panel Presentation (Please list other panel participants below)


Conference Discipline Addressed (you may select up to three):


Ambient Air Quality


Hazardous Materials and Toxic Substances


Children’s Environmental Health


Indoor Air Quality


Drinking Water Quality


Injury Prevention/Occupational Health


Emerging Pathogens


Institutions and Schools Environmental Health


Environmental Health Leadership Development


Onsite Wastewater Systems


Environmental Health Management         


Solid Waste


Environmental Health Research




Environmental Health Tracking and Informatics


Swimming Pools/Recreational Waters


Food Safety and Protection  


Terrorism and All-Hazards Preparedness


General Environmental Health


Vector Control and Zoonotic Diseases


Geographic Information Systems (GIS)


Water Pollution



Prior Speaking Engagements (please give presentation title, conference name, date/time, type and size of audience):


I have done many presentations at NEHA and various regional and local environmental health conferences during the course of my career. 


Lecture Hall Presentation Title: Organizing a Mass H1N1 Vaccination Clinic in a Large Suburban Community

Speaker:          Thomas E. Crow, RS, MSEH


Lecture Hall Presentation Description/Teaser [75 word maximum]:


How do you mass vaccinate the residents of a major Washington D.C. suburban community with the television cameras rolling, the country watching, and 10,000 children all crying “I want to go home!”  The answer is, very carefully with a broad-based community wide planning effort.  This presentation will describe how the Fairfax County Health Department and a cadre of community volunteers planned and carried out three major mass vaccination clinics that quickly and effectively vaccinated approximately 20,000 high risk clients over a three-day period.


Abstract [350 word maximum]:


Fairfax County, Virginia is a community of approximately 1.2 million residents in the suburban Washington, D.C. area. Like most communities across the United States, Fairfax County residents became concerned about the possibility of an outbreak of non-seasonal H1N1 influenza and the Health Department was being pressed to come up with a way to efficiently vaccinate high risk populations in the face of significantly reduced resources.  Health Department staff worked with the Fairfax County Medical Reserve Corps, various County agencies (e.g., police, fire/rescue, emergency management, etc.), local academic institutions, the medical community, and local news media outlets to plan and conduct three mass vaccination clinics on October 24, November 7, and November 21.  The Incident Command Structure (ICS) was employed to ensure the efficient management of total resources of almost 500 staff and volunteers each of the clinic days, as well as the more than 30,000 clients and family members who came through the clinic location during the course of three days.


Learning Objectives (please provide three objectives for your Lecture Hall presentation):

At the end of this Lecture Hall presentation, attendees will be able to:


1.       1.   Identify the major considerations for planning and conducting a community wide mass vaccination clinic.


2.       2.   Identify how to effectively use the Incident Command Structure and electronic technology to efficiently conduct a mass vaccination clinic.


3.       3.   Identify the lessons learned from Fairfax County’s experience and be able to apply them at your locality should the need arise.



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