The 2020 Center for Disease Control Summit
Since the its inception in 1946, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has been saving lives and protecting people from health threats. To accomplish their mission, the CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise. Each year, different branches of the CDC meet at a summit in New York City to discuss developments across the department of public health within the previous year. Delegates will be representing people from all across the board —researchers, community outreach organizers, as well as important bureaucratic figures.
With the climbing rates of anti-vaccination sentiment and subsequent disease outbreak, the CDC has been in the media limelight recently and must resolve a plethora of crises. This committee will be tasked with the difficult responsibility of keeping the public safe without inciting mass hysteria and panic.
REBEKAH APICELLO, CRISIS DIRECTOR
Rebekah Apicello (she/her and they/them) is a first year at Mount Holyoke College. Right now, she's a recently-declared Philosophy major who plans on adding Data Science to the mix in the fall. This will be their first time participating in a college-level Model UN conference, but not ever - she helped start the club at her school, taking home multiple awards right from their first conference. Speaking of high school, Rebekah hails from just outside of St. Louis, Missouri, but hasn't lived there forever, born in New York and moving to California a few years later. Rebekah used to fill her time with dance - ballet, tap, jazz, the work. Lately, she's more likely to be caught outside taking pictures of her friends than in a dance studio, taking a little break this year. She is so excited to get to meet everyone participating in FCMUN this year, and wishes everyone the best of luck!