WSC President’s Council for Diversity welcomes speaker

The Wayne State College Presi­dent’s Council for Diversity is sponsoring two information ses­sions by Dr. Ali S. Khan, MPH, Dean, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Gardner Au­ditorium at Wayne State College on Oct. 13.

Faculty and staff will be able to attend session 1 from at 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. the seesion is called, “It Takes a State to Become the Healthiest State.”

Session 2 is open to students and the general public and will take p2 is called, “A Disease Anywhere is a Disease Everywhere.”

The speaker is a former Assistant Surgeon General and Dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC).

Khan’s professional career has focused on health security, global health, and emerging infectious dacareer as a senior director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which he joined as a disease de­tective.

At the CDC, Khan led and responded to numerous high profile domestic and internation­al public health emergencies, in­cluding Hanta­virus pulmonary syndrome, Ebo­la hemorrhagic fever, monkey pox, avian influ­enza, Rift Val­ley fever, severe acute respiratory syndrome, the Asian Tsunami of 2004 and Hur­ricane Katrina in New Orleans.

Khan was also one of the main ar­chitects of the CDC’s public health bioterrorism preparedness program and provided scientific and strategic oversight of CDC’s malaria and One Health activities.

As the dean of the UNMC Col­lege of Pub­lic Health, his focus is on health system and community based health transforma­tions.

He con­tinues to provide con­sultation for the World Health Or­ganization and ar­ranged for UNMC to join the Global Outbreak Alert Response Network.

In 2015, he supported respons activities for the West Africa Ebola outbreak.

Khan received his medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn and completed a joint residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

He has a master in Public Health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Physicians.

He has authored numerous pa­p­sulted extensively for multiple U.S. organizations, ministries of health and the World Health Or­ganization.

Khan’s vision is for the UNMC College of Public Health to play an integral role in making Nebraska the healthiest state in the Union.