National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference

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    • Tuesday, November 28, 2017
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      Event Schedule

      7:00 AM  -  9:00 PM
      NHCPC Registration
      8:00 AM  -  4:00 PM
      NHCPC Preconference Workshops
       

      Pre Conference Courses

      1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      Applying Healthcare Emergency Management Principles to Real Disasters – Medical Response to Harvey
      Hurricane Harvey posed enormous challenges for the State of Texas as it grappled with evacuated hospitals, flooded long term care facilities and stranded citizens unable to access their health services. This workshop will provide a review of the principles of healthcare emergency management and examine their application to a real world catastrophic event. Workshop participants will discuss: medical surge coordination and management, allocation of scarce resources, use of 1135 waivers and deviation from HIPAA and EMTALA requirements, crisis standards of care, and recovery considerations for healthcare entities. The workshop will also discuss the use of medical shelters in Harvey and the crossover to Functional Needs Support Services in general population shelters.
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      1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      Healthcare Emergency Management 2.0
      As hospitals and healthcare systems adapt to market changes resulting from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, they are increasingly turning their lens towards the overall health of the community. Once the sole purview of public health and non-governmental social service agencies, hospital systems are now seeking to implement community-wide public health interventions and, in some cases, push care away from the hospital into communities in an effort to contain costs. What impact do these seismic shifts have on healthcare emergency management? What role do healthcare emergency managers play in building a resilient community? In this highly interactive and lively session, facilitators will guide attendees through analysis of this data and the design of a community-based resilience framework -- Emergency Management 2.0 -- that can be adapted for use at participants’ coalitions and healthcare organizations. Using the social determinants of health and resiliency models, participants will use real world data to frame community health as a function of healthcare facility and system preparedness. Promising practices in upstream health will drive this cutting edge conversation and will help you and your coalition look at your community and programs in a new light and demonstrate long-term relevance to healthcare decision makers for investment in preparedness, response and recovery programs.
      Speakers:
      1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
      Healthcare Facility Cyberterrorism: Coming Soon to Your Healthcare Facility and Coalition!
      National data suggests that more then 50% of the hospitals in America have been the victim of some type of data breach. Multiple healthcare systems have been the victim of Malware attacks with associated ransom payments to be paid for system restoration to occur. While placing the threat on the annual HVA is a start, additional steps must be undertaken that blends preventive IT/IS security measures with emergency management planning and training. In this workshop the speakers, one a senior cybersecurity preparedness and response leader with HHS and the second, an emergency manager for two hospitals and a large healthcare system will discuss this growing problem nationally. Through interactive discussion participants will develop what a comprehensive HCF plan should include. Then, using a plausible scenario that has occurred in multiple facilities the audience will apply their plan to work through an IT /IS system compromise of the electronic medical record and biomedical equipment.
       

      Event Schedule

      5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM
      NHCPC Welcome Reception
    • Wednesday, November 29, 2017
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      Event Schedule

      7:00 AM  -  4:00 PM
      Registration
      8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
      Breakfast
      9:00 AM  -  10:15 AM
      General Session
      Join the new ASPR, Dr. Robert Kadlec, as we kick-off #NHCPC17. Don't miss welcoming remarks by Bryan Langley, Executive Director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
      10:15 AM  -  10:45 AM
      Networking Break & Poster Presentations
      10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
      After Ebola: Sustaining Acute Infectious Disease Capabilities Among Healthcare Partners
      Healthcare organizations, public health agencies and other coalition partners face many challenges sustaining infectious disease preparedness and response capabilities following the 2014 West Africa Ebola epidemic. What to prepare for, how to standardize response operations, and how to sustain training and exercises are among questions coalition partners face in a time of waning acute infectious disease preparedness resources and interest. Coalition, public health and healthcare presenters will address these challenges and provide a framework and examples for developing multi-jurisdictional and multi-regional acute infectious disease planning including: a regional response plan; an advisory group; and regional trainings and exercises.
      10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
      ASPR TRACIE Tools for Coalitions
      You may know TRACIE, but there’s always something new! ASPR TRACIE promotes better access to healthcare emergency preparedness information, promising practices, subject matter experts, and new knowledge on healthcare system and public health preparedness. Attendees will learn more about recent updates, how to access our resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange in an interactive forum, with the opportunity to provide feedback. Recently released coalition tools will be reviewed including the coalition preparedness and response templates and the coalition resource and gap analysis tool.
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      10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Building Bridges Between EMS, Public Health, and Community Healthcare
      Building bridges is based on the new, federal government-sponsored “Promoting Innovations in EMS” document which offers recommendations and real-world examples of EMS, public health, and healthcare collaborating to improve individual health, value for dollars spent, overall community health, and community resilience.
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      10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Disparities in Disaster Mental Health Readiness in Chicago: What's a Healthcare Coalition to Do?
      Integration of behavioral health initiatives into disaster planning is essential but limited by resource scarcity. Many metropolitan areas require support from private and volunteer organizations to assess survivors with post-disaster mental health needs. Services often are not uniform, with different organizations providing disparate care modalities. This inconsistency significantly challenges city emergency planners. We describe the unique role of healthcare coalitions to address these obstacles by sharing the Chicago Healthcare System Coalition for Preparedness and Response’s development and implementation of a behavioral health annex and resource capability analysis. Lessons learned from this approach and future suggestions will be provided.
      Speakers:
      10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Funding the Coalition as a 501c3
      Funding for healthcare coalitions is decreasing and is at risk for being eliminated at the federal level. West Michigan Regional Medical Consortium is a 501c3 organization that acts as the fiduciary for two coalitions covering 30 counties in Michigan. WMRMC has developed a model for providing services to healthcare organizations to prepare them for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services requirements. Income from the program will go to fund coalition needs. WMRMC will discuss the program development and review the successes and challenges of the program.
      Speakers:
      10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Harnessing Technology to Enhance Preparedness
      Harnessing technology to enhance preparedness is a continual process of innovation and improvement. This panel showcases a variety of agencies’ novel approaches to include GIS in community preparedness planning, including the VHA-HBPC GIS pilot project, the HHS emPOWER Initiative, and Applecious’ ground sourcing data. Additionally, it will profile both the VA and non-VA PIMS platforms. GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is a mapping technology that allows the user to create and interact with a variety of maps and data sources. As communities work toward improving their local resiliency, GIS mapping provides a technology that allows for enhanced understanding of specific community needs at a granular level. Numerous agencies have invested resources in incorporating GIS mapping into their preparedness planning. The VA’s Performance Improvement Management System (PIMS) is an electronic performance support system to support VHA Comprehensive Emergency Program (CEMP), also currently being developed to support non-VHA healthcare coalitions. Its various capabilities include an exercise builder, which includes an after action review/improvement plan (AAR/IP), allowing emergency managers from the facility level up to the national office design and document exercises or real world events and facilitate thorough evaluation.
      10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Intrastate Healthcare System Coordination Plan: Creating Continuity Across Planning Boundaries
      Does each hospital in your state have a clear plan for maximizing space and resources for medical surge? How will the statewide healthcare system respond, considering assigned preparedness planning boundaries, corporate alignments, and other factors, during a large-scale medical surge event? How can we best equip DMCC hospitals to utilize the medical surge capabilities in all parts of our state, pushing the NDMS threshold as far out as possible? And which capabilities belong at which levels of response? Washington State sought to resolve these questions by creating an Intrastate Healthcare System Coordination Plan.. In this session, you'll learn about the fundamentals of the plan and how Washington State intends to implement it.
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      10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Pediatric Long Term Care Emergency and Disaster Planning
      Children are frequently victims of disasters. However, significant gaps remain in disaster planning for children in long term care (LTC) facilities. The New York City (NYC) Pediatric Disaster Coalition (PDC)’s goal is to improve NYC’s pediatric disaster preparedness and response. The PDC created a Pediatric LTC Planning Committee (PLTCPC), which included physicians, nurses, administrators and emergency experts with experience working in LTC facilities. After reviewing the literature, the PLTCPC developed surge and evacuation guidelines and templates plans. This interactive presentation will address the special needs of children in LTC facilities and provide the resources to develop site specific disaster plans.
      10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Regional Response to the Largest Botulism Outbreak in 30 years
      This session will discuss the central Ohio region's response and perspective tot he foodborne Botulism outbreak in central Ohio. A simple church potluck tuned deadly with almost 30 cases of Botulism confirmed. This outbreak let to dozens of patients being transferred from a local hospital into the larger tertiary care facilities in Columbus, Ohio and how that coordination occurred. Learn the facts and myths about requesting antitoxin from the CDC.
      10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Serious Games: Leveraging Simulation Technology for Disaster Preparedness
      xEducational opportunities for emergency responders to develop and maintain clinical skills unique to disasters are infrequent due to the low incidence of these events. After initial training there are few clinical opportunities to sustain disaster-related cognitive and psychomotor skills, and skills that were acquired during training degrade over time. This presentation describes the use of innovative simulation methods, including serious game blended learning to prepare healthcare providers for high-stakes, low-frequency disaster events. A distributed e-learning and gaming approach in preparing clinical providers for disasters potentially reduces the financial burden of traditional training, while maintaining competencies throughout a healthcare system.
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      12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM
      Lunch on the Lawn
      1:30 PM  -  2:45 PM
      Creating Emergency Department Surge Capacity/Pre-Hospital Dist. Tool for Managing Mass Casualties
      Through extrapolation of mass casualty response research, operational objectives for mass casualty distribution plan development and formulation of a patient distribution model based on research, hospital capacities, and resource availability, that defines numbers of casualties by triage category that can be managed at each facility within the region, and design and disseminate a casualty distribution tool for use by EMS personnel to distribute patients to the appropriate level of care.
      Speakers:
      1:30 PM  -  2:45 PM
      Cybersecurity and Emergency Preparedness in Healthcare
      The continual development and integration of new technology in healthcare brings advances in clinical and support practice. However, with these additions, a new risk and vulnerability has emerged and must be reviewed and addressed. Understanding the necessity for assessment and planning illustrates the requirement to include these considerations in crisis and emergency plans.
      1:30 PM  -  2:45 PM
      Frontier Coalition Response to the Great American Eclipse
      In August of 2017, the State of Wyoming doubled its resident population during the Great American Eclipse of 2017. This presentation reviews the planning and response processes of the Wyoming Healthcare Coalitions to this state-wide event. Wyoming frontier status presented unique challenges due to a lack of responders, receiving facilities, and infrastructure. We will share how the eclipse stretched the limits and capabilities of Wyoming and how the Healthcare Coalitions worked through the preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery phases to overcome these obstacles.
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      1:30 PM  -  2:45 PM
      Health/Medical MACs: Ethically Addressing Regional Healthcare Emergency Needs
      The NW Oregon Health Preparedness Organization (HPO) is the Healthcare Coalition for a six-county urban and coastal region. Since January 2005, the HPO has recognized the importance of establishing regional healthcare emergency response coordination. In support of this recognition, in 2008 it embarked on a journey to establish a Health/Medical Multi-Agency Coordination Group. This presentation will walk attendees through the development and use of the HPO’s Health/Medical Multi-Agency Coordination Group and its foundational Handbook. In addition, we will introduce the Hospital Memorandum of Understanding developed for supporting our region’s mutual aid.
      1:30 PM  -  2:45 PM
      Lessons from Statewide Effort to Establish Evidence Based Disaster Mental Health Response, Recovery
      This session with present an overview of the steps toward advancing a first, evidence based disaster mental health response initiative across the State by Tennessee Department of Health and an academic partner. The presentation will provide an overview of early uptake of the launch process and the specific tactical and strategic components of the efforts. Strategies that worked and others that have not will be discussed.
      1:30 PM  -  2:45 PM
      Lessons Learned from 28 Hospitals and City Agencies: Pediatric Disaster Plan Communications Exercise
      Important gaps remain in disaster planning for children. The New York City Pediatric Disaster Coalition (NYCPDC) goal is to prepare NYC for a catastrophic pediatric mass casualty event. On May 25, 2017, the PDC conducted the "Pediatric Disaster Plan Communications Exercise", a, functional exercise testing medical surge, communications, and coordination of secondary transport that involved 28 NYC hospitals and included city agencies. The exercise tested current hospital and city response plans, capabilities and coordination between hospitals and city agencies. This interactive presentation includes an overview of the exercise planning, conduct, evaluation process and provides lessons learned for improving pediatric capabilities.
      1:30 PM  -  2:45 PM
      Local Coalition Efforts to Maintain a State of Readiness for High Consequence Infectious Diseases
      In 2014, the Chicago Ebola Response Network (CERN) was born, a free standing collaboration of adult and pediatric hospitals, public health, and the EMS system, prepared to assess, transport, and treat a suspected or confirmed patient. As the Ebola outbreak slowed, the CERN transitioned to closer ties with the local healthcare coalition, and evolved into the High Consequence Infectious Disease (HCID) Workgroup, which was instrumental in several EVD and special pathogen preparedness activities. This presentation includes representatives from the HCID Workgroup that continues to maintain a state of readiness and prepare for future infectious disease threats.
      1:30 PM  -  2:45 PM
      Promoting Psychological Resilience Along the Disaster Continuum
      Trauma can impact all members of society, from professional disaster responders to lay folk in the community. Reactions to trauma are distinctive for every individual. Evidence shows that while some experience lasting psychological impacts, most survivors are able to rebound and return to a similar level of pre-trauma functioning. Strengthening one’s ability to respond to disastrous events can support coping in sequential instances of trauma. Additionally, providing diverse mental health support to those who may be reluctant to engage in traditional health services (particularly U.S. Military Veterans) can facilitate recovery. This panel showcases approaches outside the typical domain of health services that promote the psychological resilience of veterans, disaster responders, and trauma survivors.
      2:45 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Networking Break & Poster Presentations
      3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM
      Confronting Ongoing and Emerging Challenges in Healthcare Preparedness
      Learn about challenges faced to improving healthcare systems preparedness in Texas, and participate in a discussion about how to overcome these challenges. Challenges discussed will include: the changing healthcare landscape, including rural hospital closures, corporate changes, free-standing ERs and the CMS rule; better engaging non-acute care partners and community leaders in coalitions and preparedness activities; improving evacuation planning; addressing new HPP requirements; preventing cyberattacks; and improved readiness for managing highly infectious diseases in a healthcare setting.
      Speakers:
      3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM
      Coordinated Response to Cyber Incidents across the Healthcare and Public Health Sector
      The Healthcare and Public Health Sector remains susceptible to cyber attacks, which are increasing in frequency and ability to not only breach patient records management systems, but also medical devices and interdependent systems, thus impacting patient care or safety. As the threat evolves, HHS is exploring novel ways to bring our cyber experts and all-hazards emergency managers together to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to, and recover from incidents. This presentation will describe clinical and system-wide impacts from cyber attacks that every member of an organization can plan for, and our best practices for communication and coordination.
      Speakers:
      3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM
      Crisis Leadership and Management
      Panelists will discuss their personal experiences as managers and leaders during multiple disasters and other crises. Based on a review of these disasters, key findings will be discussed, including a discussion of common challenges leaders face during high-pressure situations. Tools and other resources that help leaders and managers be successful during crises will also be presented.
      3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM
      Developing an Innovative LHD Emergency Preparedness Infrastructure to Address Community Resiliency
      Data and feedback from public health workers at Harris County Public Health (HCPH) was used to develop a system to integrate preparedness and recovery planning into the Department’s multiple outreach strategies: where disaster preparedness information would be best placed to reach the public in routine health department activities, what kind of information and assistance was needed, and what public health workers themselves needed for better preparedness. This system has been able to ensure preparedness and resiliency messaging in daily HCPH activities, and community access to this vital information.
      3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM
      Evolution of a Coalition Program: From Contracts to Technical Assistance & Support
      Speakers will describe the development and structure of Florida’s health care preparedness coalition program. Discussion will focus on the evolution of a statewide program which has transitioned from a primarily contract management role to one of technical assistance and support for Florida’s ten health care preparedness coalitions. Speakers will provide examples of leveraging expectations of local health departments, coalition contracts, relationships with providers and stakeholders, and subject matter experts, to facilitate collaboration among all coalition partners and provide specific technical assistance and support to Florida’s health care coalitions.
      3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM
      Healthcare Coalition Response: A Performance Support Tool for On-Call Healthcare Coalition Staff
      When an emergency happens, healthcare coalition staff perform a number of “initial response actions,” to gather information and make decisions while referencing relevant protocols. This session introduces a job aid designed for use during the initial 2 hours of an incident. Participants will practice applying the tool to a scenario and discuss how it may be adapted for use by other jurisdictions.
      3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM
      Improving Access to Substance Use Disorder Treatment: OpenBeds Development and Deployment
      Emergency Departments, behavioral health organizations and court systems are experiencing a surge of those in need of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. A frequently reported challenge is the time and manual work required for to investigate, initiate and complete referrals by overwhelmed providers. The presentation introduces an innovative solution to SUD treatment access. Funded by an NIH grant, OpenBeds Inc., partnered with the MESH Coalition and multiple treatment systems, courts, and government to pilot a platform that replaces manual search and communication, resulting in significantly improved SUD treatment access. We describe its development and implementation, including challenges to integrate care.
      3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM
      Responding to Pandemics & Emerging Infectious Diseases: Lessons Learned from the AAP/CDC Partnership
      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics responses to the H1N1, Ebola, and Zika virus public health emergencies required multilevel customized approaches to inform, educate, and empower clinicians and public health practitioners. This presentation will share the lessons learned from each of these outbreaks, and describe how these experiences can inform future strategies for addressing emerging infections and outbreaks.
      3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM
      Virtual Coalition Building: Utilizing Technology to Foster Preparedness Collaborations
      Time, distance, and funding constraints create barriers to collaborative preparation for public health emergencies. Over the past two years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics have partnered together with public health professionals and pediatricians across the United States, to pilot new technologies that can be used to conduct virtual tabletop exercises in emergency response. This presentation will describe their experience, lessons learned, and planning for the future.
    • Thursday, November 30, 2017
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      Event Schedule

      7:00 AM  -  4:00 PM
      Registration
      7:30 AM  -  8:30 AM
      Breakfast
      8:30 AM  -  9:45 AM
      General Session
      9:45 AM  -  10:15 AM
      Networking Break & Poster Presentations
      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      How Coalitions Can Leverage the Power of Pharmacy Operations and Clinical Programs
      In 35 minutes learn how pharmacy immunization programs are impacting health care in communities. Hear the story, strategy and applied practice from STC - state public health immunization programs and their immunization ecosystems, Walmart - Retail Pharmacy and Bartell Drugs - Independent and State Community Pharmacy along with best practice and lessons from a 2016 American Pharmacists Association Foundation (APhA) research practice project. In the remaining 40 minutes actively participate in a facilitated "idea session" how this community can best support Health Coalitions to improve preparedness and population health.
      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Medical Countermeasure Planning for Health and Medical Coalitions: Plans Versus Reality
      Presenters will discuss Medical Countermeasure planning for healthcare coalitions, based on experiences working with the Health and Medical Coordinating Coalitions in Massachusetts. Particular focus will be given to how the reality of the impacts of medical countermeasure dispensing on hospitals and acute care facilities might differ from traditional planning among public health entities.
      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Medical Countermeasures for Children in Radiation & Nuclear Disasters: Current Capabilities/Key Gaps
      Preparing for, assessing, and treating pediatric victims of a radiation emergency can be a significant challenge for health care providers, and clinical guidance around the use of radiation medical countermeasures in children is lacking. In this session, we will review the current capabilities and enumerate the key gaps, to help public health officials, healthcare preparedness planners, emergency managers, researchers, and emergency medicine and pediatric clinicians better prepare for children’s needs in the event of a radiation emergency.
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      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Playing Games: How Immersive Storytelling, Virtual Reality & Simulation Enhance Crisis Response
      In today’s global communications media, phrases featuring 132 characters’ reign supreme, and videos no longer than 60 seconds garner millions of views. With our short attention span, and aversion to details, no digital platform, traditional channel or emerging media vehicle can survive without compelling content that immediately grabs the viewer’s interest. Producing captivating narratives, stories, and experiences are key to driving engagement in a digital ecosystem. VA and USC will discuss how they use digital storytelling, virtual reality, and simulations to create compelling products for an array of military and government researchbased customers. The primary topic of discussion will be developing content for computer simulations and virtual reality to support disaster response activities.
      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      The Current State of Disaster Health Education in the United States
      The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health is reviewing the available Federal disaster health and public health education and training courses available in the United States. The presentation will review the findings in three broad areas: 1. Learning Inventory 2. Inventory Analysis 3. State of Education Report
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      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      The Society for Advancement of Disaster Nursing - Disaster Nursing Research Projects
      Building upon a 2014 Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center (VEMEC) initiative, the Society for the Advancement of Disaster Nursing (SADN) was formed to further identify and promote solutions to complex issues surrounding disaster nursing preparedness in the U.S. An overview of SADN accomplishments will be presented, including: a Delphi panel study to identify the research agenda for U. S. disaster nursing, a qualitative study addressing the needs of nurses’ response to disaster in the hospital setting, a survey to identify gaps in disaster preparedness education, as well as dissemination efforts.
      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Transforming Emergency Management Program from Site-Specific to Integrated, Enterprise-Wide Program
      Healthcare has a duty to care for its patients, staff, and community through a robust Emergency Management/Preparedness program; with the recent CMS Emergency Preparedness rule, there is also a significant regulatory requirement for preparedness. This presentation will explore models for an effective healthcare Emergency Management/Preparedness program and will explain the process and benefits of transforming site-specific programs, to an integrated and centralized program.
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      10:15 AM  -  11:30 AM
      Using Systems Science to Optimize Health Security Coalitions and Networks
      This session uses multiple years of data from the National Health Security Preparedness Index to examine how the structure and function of multi-organizational community coalitions and networks contributes to health security capabilities across U.S. states and regions. Specifically, we demonstrate how system science methodologies including network analysis and simulation can be used with Index data to identify opportunities for strengthening healthcare coalitions and multi-organizational networks in ways that improve health security.
      11:30 AM  -  1:00 PM
      Lunch
      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      A Community Partnership Model for Increasing Emergency Preparedness of Patients Living at Home
      Learn about Maryland-National Capital Homecare Association’s Emergency Preparedness Network (EPN), developed collaboratively with the Maryland Department of Health’s Office of Preparedness and Response. The network provides real-time emergency information, outreach, and educational materials to homecare providers and patients. The EPN conducted training to educate providers on general emergency preparedness concepts, including training and exercising, emergency operations plans, and risk assessment. This successful partnership uses key intermediaries to reach vulnerable populations and increase resiliency. Discover valuable resources to support enhancement of health security among homecare patients. Learn how to connect with a state homecare association to potentially develop a similar partnership.
      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Aligning Coalition Goals with Population Health Indicators & Healthcare Quality Measures
      No matter how many “Lessons Learned from _______” presentations a hospital CEO sits through, budgeting actual money for a potential event is difficult. What if we adapted our preparedness paradigm to match the projects that make budgetary sense for the healthcare industry? This presentation will examine the infrastructure that is shared between a healthcare coalition and a regional community paramedicine/mobile integrated healthcare model. We will discuss the integration of these two concepts in an effort to pair preparedness efforts with healthcare system quality and population health metrics that already represent solid investments for hospitals.
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      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Enhancing the Resiliency of Other Facilities: The Rhode Island Senior Resiliency Project
      This session will describe the efforts taken by the Rhode Island Department of Health to bolster the resiliency of its elderly community. Specifically, the session will describe the challenges, successes and outcomes in shelter-in-place planning for senior living facilities including long-term care, assisted living, and independent housing facilities.
      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Florida's Healthcare Coalitions - Response Activities in 2016
      The State of Florida currently has 12 Healthcare Coalition with varied structures, approaches, and missions. There are no two Coalitions that function exactly the same. Four Healthcare Coalitions in Florida will present their experiences in the healthcare community in 2016, which included two impacting hurricanes and the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. This presentation will provide insight on how each of these HCC’s developed over the years , including the support they provide to their members in all phases of Emergency Management – Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery. The future of HCC's in Florida will also be discussed.
      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Mass Casualty Contamination Incident, an Effective Emergency Department Response
      This presentation addresses the strategies necessary to rapidly manage a mass casualty incident involving chemical contamination. When receiving and treating contaminated survivors, time is an enemy. The longer a patient waits for decontamination activities to begin, the greater the dose that could be inhaled, ingested and or absorbed. If the chemical contaminate is of sufficient type and concentration, results could be chronic or cause acute injuries, including death.
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      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Medical Surge: Who Will Be At Your Door When the Power Goes Out?
      Emergency planning for and with at-risk populations yields two benefits: it reduces surge at healthcare institutions during emergencies and builds community resilience. During an ice storm, dialysis patients arrived at EDs seeking care. This initiated the Dialysis Preparedness Workgroup which engages dialysis and transport companies with agencies and organizations responsible for ESF 8: health and medical. We will identify populations-at-risk within every community. Understanding their needs will help in resource planning. The ongoing work of the Georgia Emergency Preparedness Coalition for Individuals with Disabilities and Older Adults provides an example of integrating the “whole community” into emergency preparedness planning.
      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Mitigating the Effects of an Electromagnetic Pulse Attack on Medical Services
      This presentation is designed to help you understand the potential impacts to your medical services infrastructure from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack on the United States. Although the likelihood of such an attack is low, experts estimate the loss of life in the U.S. could exceed 100 million people. In this scenario, there would be a simultaneous and instantaneous loss of electrical power and most electronic devices that are not protected from EMP. This presentation informs and provides steps that prudent people can take to minimize the impact on medical service delivery after such a devastating attack.
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      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Nevada Floods 2017: Leveraging HHS emPOWER Data to Support DME-Dependent Populations
      The State of Nevada has successfully requested and utilized identified CMS data within our state since January 2017. Participants will learn how Nevada accomplished State leadership approval; streamlined State emPOWER data requesting process; and utilized the identified emPOWER data for multiple local responses and outreach efforts mainly within the Northern and rural Nevada regions.
      1:00 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Rapid Disaster Assessment Tools to Enhance Health Security
      Panelists will present evidence-based, practitioner-driven tools for rapidly assessing the readiness ofhealthcare facilities both domestically and internationally. Rapid assessment is an intensive, team-based approach for quickly developing an understanding of a situation, and can be applied in both resource poor and resource rich settings. The presentations will emphasize key factors that can be efficiently and effectively leveraged to enhance mitigation and preparedness across a range of ambulatory and inpatient care settings. Panelists will also discuss how these tools can be used to change organizational behavior and build a culture that promotes greater preparedness from the C-suite to frontline staff.
      2:15 PM  -  2:30 PM
      Networking Break & Poster Presentations
      2:30 PM  -  3:45 PM
      General Session
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