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Andrew Burrows

FEMA National Headquarters, Behavior Change Branch Chief

Andy is the Preparedness Behavior Change Branch Chief (A) in FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division. His areas of responsibility are research, analysis and evaluation, the National Household Survey, Preparedness Actions, and the Citizen Responder Portfolio.

Andy is a former US Army Logistics Officer, and holds an MS in Management and Logistics Management from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne Florida. His undergraduate education was received at McDaniel College, in Westminster, Maryland where he earned a BA in Political Science and International Relations.


Henry Walke, MD, MPH

Director of the Centers for Preparedness and Response


Henry Walke, MD, MPH, is the Director of the Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR).  In this role, he supports CPR’s three Divisions and the Office of the Director to prepare for, respond to, and improve performance in domestic and global public health emergencies. CPR enhances CDC, state, and local health department preparedness and response capacity; ensures lifesaving research with select agents,  toxins, and poliovirus is conducted safely and securely; and develops scientific principles, tools, and the next generation of public health preparedness professionals and leaders.

Most recently, Dr. Walke served as incident manager of CDC’s COVID-19 response from July 2020 through September 2021, and as a chief CDC spokesperson. Under his leadership, the COVID-19 response published 8 scientific briefs and over 600 articles in the “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report” and the scientific literature. Over 9,000 CDC employees were involved in the response during his tenure there. (Click Here For Full Bio)



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