Dr. Jane Delgado named to National Biodefense Science Board

Dr. Jane L. Delgado, the president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, has been appointed to the National Biodefense Science Board, a federal advisory committee meant to provide the government with advice on public health emergencies.  

The NBSB provides this guidance and advice to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response on the preparation, prevention and response to events, including bioterror attacks.

The board was created in 2006 under the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act and was officially chartered in May 2007. The board has given recommendations such issues as whether or not the government should encourage the stockpiling of antibiotics in the home for use after a bioterrorism attack as well as on the ability to restore, preserve and protect community and individual mental health after a disaster has occurred.

The board has also recommended ways for the country to manage the research and development of vaccines, medicines and equipment for pandemic diseases. Some of these recommendations were included in the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise Review, which was released by NBSB Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in August 2010.

"The best of science needs to be the basis for protecting and informing all communities," Delgado said upon her appointment.