Evaluating the Capability and Cost of a Mass Vaccination Clinic via Computer Simulation

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Dr. Michael L. Washington earned his B.S. in Industrial and Systems
Engineering from the University of Florida, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in
Industrial Engineering from the University of South Florida. He
currently works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
National Immunization Program in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Washington has worked
on simulation projects related to urban and rural public health clinics,
emergency rooms, and warehouses. He also developed simulations of mass
vaccination/prophylaxis clinic to help local official plan for massive
bio-terrorist attacks. Additional past projects include cost analysis
of extra-vaccinating children, cost analysis of vaccine wastage, vaccine
forecasting, and complex survey analyses of vaccine acceptance. Dr.
Washington was a consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO), and
Ghana's Ministry of Health. While in Ghana, he provided consultation
expertise in data management, statistics, and geographical informational
system concerning about seven-vaccine preventable disease. He has also
consulted with WHO South East Asia Regional Office and the National
Polio Surveillance Unit (NPSU), New Delhi, India to evaluate
surveillance software, and to assist in training vaccine preventable
disease surveillance, data management, and mapping. He visited 5 out of
7 regions in India to evaluate NPSU's data managers skills, tools, and
capabilities. Because of Dr. Washington's accomplishments, the National
Engineering Week selected him as one of the top 16 young engineers in
the nation in 2003, and he was profile in USA Today and other media
outlets throughout the year. Recently, he was nominated for a Service to
America Medal for his Homeland Security efforts in creating a mass
smallpox vaccinations computer model to help local officials prepare for
a bio-terrorist attack.


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