Lisa Briseño, MS, Health Communications Specialist, CDC Division of Emergency Operations, Atlanta
An emergency risk communications professional, teacher and environmental scientist by training, Briseño is a passionate advocate for individuals facing disproportionate barriers in health, safety and advancement. She joined the CDC in 2008 as a health communications specialist and presidential management fellow with the National Center for Environmental Health.
Briseño then joined the Division of Emergency Operations in 2013 in a similar role after participating in several emergency responses. She is highly skilled in communicating with people with literacy and language challenges, considering and incorporating cultural aspects within health communication efforts, and distilling critical health information into a relevant, plain language format.
Briseño has supported the CDC in multiple global and domestic emergency responses, including the 2017 hurricanes, West African Ebola and the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. She is also the acting team lead for the CDC’s Emergency Partners Information Connection team, which partners with a broad array of organizations to exchange information that helps people stay safe and healthy during a public health emergency.
Robert J. Alvey, CPM, Deputy Chief, Emergency Risk Communications Branch, CDC Division of Emergency Operations, Center for Preparedness and Response, Atlanta
As deputy chief, Alvey is responsible for activating response plans and serving as co-lead of the CDC’s Joint Information Center during emergency responses. He also oversees a wide spectrum of activities to prepare for public health emergencies. Prior to joining the CDC in 2015, Alvey served in the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a senior external affairs officer, deputy federal coordinating officer, response chief of staff and senior advisor to the response operations command staff.
He has collaborated with numerous state and federal agencies as a crisis and risk communication expert, including the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Environmental Protection Agency, FBI, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, World Health Organization, several North American Tribal Nations, and numerous state emergency management agencies. Alvey has led statewide and national communication teams for myriad events, including the West Nile and H1N1 viruses; anthrax attacks; Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike, and Sandy; and other disasters.