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Park University to Host Discussion on Ebola and Lessons Learned from the Crisis

Park University and the University’s Faculty Center for Innovation will present a talk on “The Ebola Crisis: Lessons Learned from the Field,” on Thursday, April 6, starting at 3 p.m. in the McCoy Meetin’ House on the University’s Parkville Campus. Admission to the event is free and open to the public.

The event will feature Dirk Dijkerman, Ph.D., former executive coordinator for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Ebola Task Force. Dijkerman will present an overview of the Ebola crisis, a look at the U.S. and the countries of the Western Hemisphere’s response, and lessons learned from the crisis.

Dijkerman’s career has encompassed technical and executive positions at USAID, focusing primarily on Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. His management responsibilities spanned policy, strategic planning, resourcing and program implementation, and results reporting. As the executive coordinator of USAID’s Ebola Task Force, he focused on responding to the immediate crisis, mitigating its impact, strengthening health care systems and assisting countries most affected or at risk for Ebola. He retired from the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service as a career minister in 2012. Dijkerman earned both his doctorate degree and master’s degree in agricultural economics and rural sociology from Cornell University.

The University’s Office of the Faculty Coordinator for Internationalization is the co-sponsor of the event. The discussion was coordinated by the Arthur D. Simons Center for the Study of Interagency Cooperation, and the Command and General Staff College Foundation Inc.

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