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Vietnam is ranked in the bottom ten globally for its air quality on the Environmental Performance Index. Since the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and U.S. Consulate General in HCMC began operating rooftop air quality monitors three years ago, public awareness about air quality and corresponding health impacts has grown significantly. The U.S. Mission has invited Dr. George Conway to speak in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi as part of the Mission’s Air Quality Awareness Week (May 7 – 11) efforts to educate concerned parents, citizens, and government officials about the causes and health impacts of deteriorating air quality in Vietnam’s two largest cities. Dr. George Conway is the director of Deschutes County Health Services Department in Oregon, where he leads a team of 300 people. Previously, he was a Senior Medical Officer and Epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and the Public Health Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, where he served current U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Dan Kritenbrink.


08:30 am Registration and Refreshments
09:00 am Welcome Remarks, Introduction
09:05 am Presentation and Q&A
10:30 am Event ends


Free of charge for entrance.


George Conway, Director, Deschutes County Health Services Department


Career emphasis: Public health leadership for collaborations among governments, NGOs, and business enterprises to improve human health and well-being.

Provide leadership in the practical application of science to develop effective programs and shape public health policy and practice.

Areas of expertise:

Applying diplomacy, epidemiology, and the effective design, implementation, and management of public health programs to meet global challenges in environmental health, occupational safety and health, and infectious disease control.

Work Experience:

Director, Deschutes County Health Services Department, Oct 16 – Present

• Lead a department of 0ver 300 public health and behavioral health professionals providing a broad range of services to the people of Deschutes County and central Oregon.

Senior Medical Officer and Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CGH/ DGHP/ WIDB, Nov 2015 – Present

• Provide technical assistance to ministries of health, CDC resident advisors and trainees for Field Epidemiology Training Programs in Iraq, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, and Liberia.

Attaché (Public Health), Embassy of the United States, Oct 2012 – Present

• Provide expert assistance in environmental health and occupational health and safety to the US Mission in China.
• Assist with the development of workforce and dependent guidelines for protecting health and well-being during severe smog events for the Mission’s personnel throughout China.
• At the Mission’s invitation, give public presentations on the health effects of air pollution.


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