2019 VSP Annual Public Meeting

Public meeting: June 27, 2019, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay, 1717 North Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33132.

Agenda for Annual Public Meeting

2019 Annual Public Meeting
June 27, 2019
Miami, Florida
9:00 am–4:30 pm

9:00–9:30 am: Introduction, VSP Review of FY 2018, and Update on Release of VSP 2018 Operations Manual and Construction Guidelines
(CDR Aimee Treffiletti, Chief, VSP; LCDR Amy Freeland, Deputy Chief, VSP; LCDR Keisha Houston, Senior Epidemiologist, VSP)

9:30–9:50 am: Update on Construction Consultation: Inspections, Plan Reviews, and Equipment Reviews
(LCDR Laura Annetta, Environmental Health Officer, VSP)

9:50–10:35 am: Preventing Legionnaires’ Disease: A Training on Legionella Water Management Programs (PreventLD Training)
(LCDR Candis M. Hunter, Safe Water Section, Water, Food, and Environmental Health Services Branch, DEHSP/NCEH/CDC)

10:35–11:20 am: FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition: Food Code, Research, and Partnerships; Working Together to Strengthen Retail Food Safety
(CDR Jessica Otto, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

11:20 am–12:05 pm: CDC’s Calicivirus Lab Update
(Jan Vinje, PhD, Head, National Calicivirus Laboratory, DVD/NCIRD/CDC)

12:05–1:05 pm: Lunch

1:05–1:50 pm: Putting Public Health Data to Work!
(James Leonard and Dennis Peyton, Health Services, Holland America Group)

1:50 pm–2:20 pm: The Evolution of Catering in the Last 20 Years on Cruise Ships
(Marco Parisi and Cristiana Risi, Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A.)

2:20 pm–2:50 pm: Caribbean Public Health Agency Update
(Dr. Lisa Indar, Head, Tourism and Health Programme and Foodborne Diseases Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control Division, Caribbean Public Health Agency)

2:50–3:20 pm: Evaluation of the Maritime Illness Database and Reporting System for Acute Gastroenteritis
(Jared Rispens, MD, Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, VSP)

3:20–3:40 pm: PHAC Travelling Public Program Update
(Kevin Carlisle, Travelling Public Program, Public Health Agency of Canada)

3:40–4:00 pm: Division of Global Migration and Quarantine Maritime Updates
(Stefanie White, Maritime Activity Section, DGMQ/NCEZID/CDC)

4:00–4:15 pm: Cruise Lines International Association—Industry Commitment, Public Health
(Donald Brown, VP, Maritime Policy, Cruise Lines International Association)

4:15–4:30 pm: Open Remarks and Closing
(CDR Aimee Treffiletti, Chief, VSP)

Meeting Registration

The meeting is open to the public, but space is limited to approximately 70 people. Advanced registration is required.

Register for meeting by email (vsp@cdc.gov) or by phone (954-356-6650).


A hotel room block has been arranged for out-of-town attendees:
DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay
1717 North Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33132
(305) 372-0313

Please note the official dates of the room block are June 26, 2019–June 28, 2019. The last official date to make reservations under the room block is Wednesday, June 5, 2019; after this date, rooms will be offered based on availability.

*If you would like to arrive earlier or stay later than the official dates, please email or call the hotel sales department. The hotel sales department hours are 8:30 am–5:30 pm Monday–Friday; the office is closed on weekends.

There are 4 easy ways to book your reservations:

1. (800) Number

Call (800) 853-0270. Inform the Reservations Specialist that you would like to reserve a room for the VSP Annual Meeting 2019 or give them your group code (VAM).

2. Email

Provide check-in and check-out dates, guest first and last name, phone number, email address, and a valid credit card to guarantee the reservation. Send this information to one of the following:

*Please note sales office hours are 8:30 am–5:30 pm Monday–Friday. The office is closed on weekends.

3. Website

Visit http://www.biscaynebay.doubletree.com;

  • Enter date of arrival and departure
  • City: Miami
  • Click “Find It”
  • Find the Doubletree property and click “View Rates”
  • Fill out room type preference
  • Fill in Group/ Convention Code: (VAM)
  • Click Continue to finish reservation procedures

Your group rate will be associated with the reservation.

4. Local Number

Call the hotel at (305) 372-0313. Inform the Reservations Specialist that you would like to reserve a room for the VSP Annual Meeting or give them your group code (VAM).

Page last reviewed: June 10, 2019