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Pre-Conference Sessions

November 7, 2017


Desi Matel Anderson

CEO of Global Disaster Innovation Group and “Chief Wrangler” of the Field Innovation Team


Kristin Stevens

Volunteer with Field Innovation Team and Principal at Stevens Research & Consulting


Continuity Do Tank

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

(Lunch on your own 12:00 – 1:00 pm)


Learn how to:

Leverage resources by learning to do more with less

Support teams, staff and leadership in expediting response and recovery

Implement simple steps to effectively lead during disasters

Innovate in real-time using a three-step thinking process

Learn more about the Field Innovation Team:

David Wallace, DVM

Director of preparedness training - University of South Alabama; Center for Strategic Health Innovation


Elizabeth Williams, MHA

Clinical Director - University of South Alabama


Emergency Preparedness 101 for Healthcare Facilities


9:00 am – 4:00 pm

(Lunch on your own 12:00 – 1:00 pm)


Learn to:

Plan, develop, and implement a healthcare emergency preparedness program

Identify the duties of a healthcare emergency preparedness professional within a healthcare facility

Comply with the standards and regulations that a healthcare emergency preparedness program must meet

Identify the activities necessary to enhance collaboration, coordination, and relationships with response partners

Establish processes that combine pre-event planning, training, exercising, corrective actions, and response



Conference Day 1

November 8, 2017


Presenter & Biography

Session Title

Session Objectives

David "Marco" Marcozzi, MD, MHS-CL, FACEP

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director of Population Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Assistant Chief Medical Officer for Acute Care, University of Maryland Medical Center


A Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Dr. David Marcozzi is an Associate Professor and the Director of Population Health within the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He also serves as a Co-Director of the Program in Health Disparities and Population Health in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and is the Assistant Chief Medical Officer for Acute Care at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Prior to these roles, Dr. Marcozzi served in the federal government as a senior leader and subject matter expert on health delivery, emergency care, and emergency preparedness. During his federal tenure, Dr. Marcozzi held positions within the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the White House. Serving last as the Senior Advisor for Emergency Preparedness and Acute Care within the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, Dr. Marcozzi was involved with health delivery reform efforts, clinical quality standard and measure development. Before being asked to assume this role, he served as Director of the National Healthcare Preparedness Programs within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

Turning the Page on Healthcare Preparedness

8:00 – 9:30 am

By the end of the presentation, the participant will  

  1. Have a greater understanding of healthcare delivery and the impact on health
  2. Understand the relevance of emergency care in overall healthcare delivery
  3. Be able to identify opportunities for disruptive thinking within care during crisis

J. J. Jones, BS, CEM

Manager for Emergency Management and Safety, Tarrant County Hospital District/JPS Health Network


J. J. Jones, is currently the Manager for Emergency Management and Safety at Tarrant County Hospital District/JPS Health Network. Ms. Jones has a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Administration and Developmental Planning, is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®), and has 35 years of progressive experience in disaster response and emergency management. 

Ms. Jones led the development and writing efforts of the Metro Medical Response System planning for the City of Fort Worth and provided EOC leadership and logistical support to multiple disaster recovery operations including the 2000 Tornado (a presidential declaration event), Wedgwood Church Shooting, and Water Gardens drowning to name a few. Ms. Jones also led a team assisting FEMA in the development of the All Hazards Plan.

CMS Bootcamp: How to Conduct a Risk Assessment & Develop Emergency Plans

11:00 – 11:50 am



Donna Hovey, MPPM, BSN, RN, CEN, CCRN

Director of Behavioral Management Resources, Montefiore Medical Center

Donna Hovey is an experienced nursing leader with more than 40 years in management, program development and staff supervision. She is currently a nurse consultant in Emergency Nursing, Management/Leadership and Disaster Nursing. Trauma and Mass Casualties/Disaster Planning and Response, Pediatric Surge and Trauma are her areas of interest. Donna fulfilled the roll of Duty Officer for disaster response of the Health Emergency Response Team (HERT) while living in Washington, DC. She is past Chairperson for the Emergency Management and Preparedness Committee for the National Emergency Nurses Association. Donna is Past President, former Board Member, past Education Committee Chair for Maine ENA, she is currently Chair for MENA Government Affairs Committee. As a member of the Society for the Advancement of Disaster Nursing, Donna is involved in researching nursing emergency response and preparedness on a individual, professional and institutional level.

Pediatric Surge: Planning is the Key

11:00 – 11:50 am


  • Identify the particular needs of the pediatric population
  • Discuss the importance of developing a plan
  • Determine specific components to the Pediatric Surge Plan
  • Evaluate needs of the community
  • Emergency Response/Hospital plan to a Pediatric Surge incident

Manya Chylinski

Survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing

Manya Chylinski’s life was violently altered at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 13, 2013. As a spectator in the bleacher seats, she witnessed the bombing but was able to walk away without physical injuries. She returned to her daily life where she began to struggle with fear and anxiety. Manya was one of these secondary invisible victims who was not sure what she was experiencing or where to get help. Manya did get help and today her goal is to share what she has learned as a survivor and to educate people about mental health injuries from mass violence.

Manya has written about her experience for Action on Armed Violence and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and appeared on WBUR (NPR) radio to discuss “For Some Boston Bombing Victims, Psychological — Not Physical — Wounds Linger.”

Invisible victims of Mass Tragedies – The Psychological After Effects of Survivors

11:00 – 11:50 am

· How to help the invisible victims of mass violence (onsite and post-event)

· How to identify signs of trauma that may or may not be present

· How public health and safety personnel can communicate to the public about the possible emotional and psychological issues survivors may be experiencing following a mass tragedy

· What resources are important to recovery, including support groups, hot lines, websites, radio/tv, etc.

· Importance of having a plan in place for assisting survivors of mass tragedies post event


Christopher Tarantino, MEP CMCP, CEO

Epicenter Media & Training

Christopher Tarantino, MEP CMCP has more than ten years experience in emergency response/management and has acted in a variety of positions across the public- and private-sector, including roles at the volunteer, local, county, state, and federal levels. Mr. Tarantino is as a Subject Matter Expert/Instructor for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center, a Digital Communications Specialist for FEMA, and is the Past Chair of the International Association of Emergency Managers' Emerging Technology Caucus. He is a volunteer Firefighter/EMT, a Hazardous Materials Technician and a Rescue Specialist, a volunteer for the American Red Cross' Disaster Action & Disaster Public Affairs Teams, and works closely with the Western Region (NY) Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition and National Disaster Life Support Foundation.

Mr. Tarantino is a certified Crisis Management Communications Professional, a recognized Master Exercise Practitioner, a Certified Hospital Emergency Coordinator, and the Founder/CEO of Epicenter Media & Training. His team specializes in training, exercises, and support services for the integration of technology in public safety and emergency management. He has trained thousands of emergency management professionals in more than 30 different states in the U.S. and frequently speaks across North America on disaster response, emerging technology, and crisis communications.

Building a Social Media Analysis and Response Team

11:00 – 11:50 am

· Identify opportunities to utilize digital and crowdsourced intelligence gathering across the emergency management continuum

· Understand how a SMART can enhance campus resilience and emergency response, while utilizing existing organizational resources such as marketing/communications expertise and resources

· Describe benefits/challenges/required resources of SMART development and help contribute to a go/no decision in their community

· Gain tools and tips on launching & sustaining a SMART for their own agency

Jacob Seil, BS

Crisis Communications Coordinator, North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council


Jacob Seil serves the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council as the Crisis Communications Coordinator, where he is responsible for regional communication efforts throughout the health care coalition.  Prior to his work with NCTTRAC, Jacob worked as a Training Coordinator for Safety Skills Training in Dubai, where he trained private-sector personnel in developing emergency preparedness and response plans.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Administration and Planning from the University of North Texas and is currently earning his Masters in Public Administration.


Jessica Dupree, MPH, CHES

Healthcare Collation Preparedness Manager, North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council


Jessica Dupree is an Atlanta, Georgia native and a graduate of the prestigious Agnes Scott College. In 2011 she relocated to Fort Worth Texas where Jessica later earned her Masters of Public Health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health. Jessica is a qualified Public Health Professional currently earning a Doctor of Public Health (Dr. PH) degree from Walden University. She holds a Certification in Public Health (CPH) and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

Jessica currently holds the position of Healthcare Collation Preparedness Manager for the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council where she has been employed for the last four years.  She has served as the Planning Section Chief for numerous regional activations and served as a LNO to the Dallas County EOC and Garland DDC during the 2014 Ebola incident. Jessica is a visionary with a passion for preparedness, education, and training.

CMS Bootcamp: How to Develop a Communication Plan

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm



Mary Beth Nelson, MBA, CHEC III, ASP

Emergency Preparedness Specialist, Cone Health

Mary Beth Nelson has worked in the field of emergency management since early 2011. She has 3 years of healthcare emergency management experience working for Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, UT.

Mary Beth obtained a Bachelor's degree in Emergency and Disaster Management from the American Military University and a Master's in Business Administration from Western Governors University.

She volunteers for the American Red Cross, helping victims of disasters and other crisis events.


Think You Know the P? Think Again.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

· Learn how the Planning P has been adopted to a more suitable format for healthcare incident management

· Learn how to incorporate the Hospital Planning P tool to more effectively forecast and communicate needs for the next operational period


Barbara Dodge, BA-E

Director of Hospital Preparedness Programs, Center for Preparedness Education


Ms. Dodge has worked in Healthcare Disaster Preparedness for 13 years where she has developed and delivered many disaster exercises. In collaboration with several Critical Access Hospitals, she developed HICS for Small Hospitals, which is now being used across the country. She has served as HICS National Faculty for 12 years, participating in the last two revisions of HICS. She teaches Incident Command to Hospitals and other Healthcare organizations. She developed a Hospital Frist Receiver Course, teaching decontamination to hospital teams. She will be offering an Instructor-Trainer for the course this summer. Ms. Dodge specializes in Curriculum Development and Implementation for healthcare. Her favorite projects include Just-in-Time-Training and Instructor Development.


Mary Massy, RN-BSN-MA-CHEP

Hospital Preparedness Program Coordinator, California Hospital Association


Ms. Massy has over twenty-five years experience in acute care hospital emergency services and county health disaster management. She was the Anaheim Fire Paramedic Coordinator for over 15 years and has deployed with the California CA-1 DMAT Team to multiple wildfire responses and hurricanes, including Ike and Katrina.She has conducted many exercises across California where she specializes in community-wide planning and response. She graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School with her Master’s in Homeland Security and Defense and currently is the CHA HPP Program Coordinator for California.

Disaster Exercises Gone Wrong: When the Exercise Becomes the Disaster

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

· Describe at least three exercise-planning pitfalls that could endanger participants

· Evaluate three exercise disasters and recommend steps which could have been taken to avoid the problems

· Demonstrate the ability to write clear, measurable objectives to ensure an effective exercise.


Kristin Weivoda, MS, FP-C, NREMT-P

EMS Administrator, Yolo County HHSA

Kristin Weivoda currently works in Yolo County, California for the County Health and Human Services Agency as their EMS Administrator, she also oversees Emergency Preparedness, Mass Care/Sheltering and Infectious Disease. Four years ago she was tasked by Yolo County to create their own county EMS agency and system, which is one of her biggest career accomplishments. Before her time in Yolo County, Kristin had a very dynamic background: a firefighter/paramedic, medical device sales and education, air rescue and air medical, and finally an educator for pre-hospital and hospital education programs. When she is not at work, Kristin wants to be active, outdoors, traveling around the world and taking care of her special needs animals.

Kristin Kolleda, MPH

Manager of Emergency Preparedness, Rideout Health

The Lessons Learned from Oroville Dam Spillway Evacuations

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

· Incorporating all populations into one shelter

· Creating a functional plan for shelter operations

· Building resilient work force and community

· Mimicking PanFlu and CRI plans to create a strong ESF 6 plan and response



CMS Bootcamp: How to Develop Policies

& Procedures

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm



Susan Schmitz, MAIDP

Senior Project Director, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Susan Schmitz is a Senior Project Director at the Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center (VEMEC). She has worked for over 10 years in disaster research, education, and intervention. She has been part of multiple projects focused on understanding and enhancing disaster resilience. To foster the capacity of individuals, Ms. Schmitz has provided clinical support and public health education to traditionally marginalized populations and social service professionals. Susan has also supported community resilience by designing and delivering preparedness training, response planning instruction, and courses to enhance recovery capabilities. At VEMEC, she has channeled that energy toward veteran disaster resilience and strengthening VA’s continuity of care by identifying ways to evaluate and enhance existing training and develop preparedness initiatives.

Lilia Lukowsky, PhD

Research Health Scientist, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center (VEMEC)

Lilia Lukowsky, PhD, MPH is a Research Health Scientist at VEMEC, the Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center, of the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Her current projects include evaluating short- and long-term health outcomes for Veterans after natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy and industrial incidents such as Porter Ranch Gas leak, and examining preferences for receiving disaster-related communications for Veterans who receive healthcare from the VA.  As an epidemiologist, Dr. Lukowsky uses modeling techniques to identify predictors of post-disaster outcomes in order to develop more effective responses during future disasters.  Her interests include disaster epidemiology, and evaluating the impact of policy changes on post-disaster outcomes.

Turning a Potential Liability into an Asset: Engaging Non-Critical Healthcare Staff in Continuity Planning

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

· Describe the benefits of involving employees deemed “non-critical” in continuity and preparedness planning

· Identify barriers to engaging staff while enumerating resources and activities that can assist in overcoming those challenges

· Compare the presenters’ experiences to their own healthcare agency

· Determine ways in which they can apply the described lessons learned to their needs

· Identify steps to engage non-critical staff in preparedness activities utilizing the tools provided during this presentation

Alan Berman, MBCP, CBCLA, CBCV

President, DRI International

Alan Berman is an MBCP, CBCLA and the President of the DRI Charitable Foundation. During his career, he has been President of Major US Bank Subsidiary, CIO for Major Trust Company, National Practice Leader for Operational Resiliency (PricewaterhouseCoopers), Global Business Continuity Management Practice Leader (Marsh) and Program Director for BCM for a Major Healthcare organization. He has served on Homeland Security Standards Panel, US congressional committee Project for National Security Reform, ANSI-ANAB Council of Experts, NYC Partnership for Risk Management and Security, and as Chair for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation committee to create the new standard for the US Private Sector Preparedness Act (PS-Prep).

His career spans 4 decades in varying roles, from being part of a US government tiger team vested with the responsibility of finding flaws in networks and systems, to creating security systems used by IBM and other major system’s developers, to serving as an adviser to companies and governments. His articles and interviews about disaster recovery, business continuity and cyber security have been on TV, radio, printed media and on-line publications around the world.

Dealing with the Threats Facing Healthcare Today: Disasters, Cyber Threats, and Regulators

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

· Understand the risks that face healthcare organizations

· Provide guidance in creating business continuity plans that will help prepare for a variety of threats

· Understand the cyber threats and how they will expand with the addition of Internet of Things devices

· The regulatory environment and the new expanded requirements

Scott Cormier, CHEP

NRP Vice President, Emergency Management, EC, & Safety, Medxcel Facilities Management

Mr. Scott Cormier serves as Vice-President, Emergency Management, EC, and Safety, for Medxcel Facilities Management, a part of Ascension Healthcare. In this capacity, he oversees Emergency Management, Environment of Care, and Safety for the largest nonprofit health system in the United States. Scott co-chairs the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council, a part of the federal critical infrastructure program, and co-chairs their healthcare and public health cyber security workgroup. He has published a number of articles on hospital preparedness and influenza, and lectured at national and international conferences. He also co-chairs US Department of Health and Human Services subcommittee for healthcare active shooter planning and response. He has over 37 years of emergency management, public safety, and military experience, including serving as an EMS Operational and Rescue Supervisor, EMS Instructor, and actively teaches courses to EMS providers.

Violence in Healthcare, Opioid Abuse, and the Changing Environment of Healthcare: Facts and Lessons.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

· Define a healthcare active shooter event

· Examine implementation strategies to prepare for an active shooter event

· Determine communication and training strategies to be utilized amongst staff

Ceceilia Blondioux

Health Insurance Specialist, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Caecilia Blondiaux (Cece) joined CMS in May 2014 and currently serves as the SCG lead for coordination of policy development and regulations in support of the Director, Deputy Director and the Division of Nursing Homes, Division of Continuing Care Providers, Division of Acute Care Services, and the Division of Laboratory Services. Cece also serves as the lead for Emergency Preparedness (externally and internally), with the implementation of the Emergency Preparedness Rule, writing the interpretive guidelines and working with stakeholders to address concerns in the provider/supplier community. Additionally, she is the lead for internal emergency preparedness for the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) and manages the COOP process, Regional and Central Office collaboration, and emergency crises such as the Ebola and Zika Virus.


Lori Upton

Director of Regional Preparedness for Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council

Lori Upton, RN BSN MS CEM is the Director of Regional Preparedness for Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council. In this capacity she coordinates and prioritizes planning, and response objectives to meet

Federal preparedness grant requirements and acts as the Medical Operations Chief in the Catastrophic Medical

Operations Center (CMOC) for a 25 county region that includes over 140 hospitals and 500 nursing homes in

178 cities.

Ms. Upton has an extensive background in clinical operations and leadership of Emergency Departments and

Trauma Centers and has been involved in emergency management since 1997. She has assisted in the

development and execution of community and facility-specific exercises and drills as well as participated in

numerous tabletop, functional and full scale exercises. Curriculum development includes hospital incident

command systems, decontamination, pediatric specific disaster response, and the Disaster Chapter in the

Emergency Nurses Association ENPC Manual 4th Edition. Actual disaster response experience includes: World

Trade Center (2001), Hurricane Katrina (2005), Hurricane Rita (2005), Hurricane Gustav (2008), Hurricane Ike

(2008), H1N1 Spring Outbreak (2009) and the West Texas Explosion (2013).

Keynote Address: CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm


  •  Provide an overview of the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
  •  Overview of the Interpretive Guidelines and Training
  •  Discuss most frequent questions and answers
  •   Q&A Session


Conference Day 2

November 9, 2017


Presenter & Biography

Session Title

Session Objectives

Paul Biddinger, MD

Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine, Vice Chairman for Emergency Preparedness, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Paul Biddinger is the Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine, and is Vice Chairman for Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. He is also the Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at MGH and at Partners Healthcare. Dr. Biddinger additionally serves as the Director of the Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation and Practice (EPREP) Program at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and holds appointments at Harvard Medical School and at the Chan School. Dr. Biddinger serves as a special advisor to the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Preparedness and serves as a medical officer for the MA-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) in the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


Alison Parmar, JD

Senior Manager, Center for Disaster Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital


Alison Parmar is a Senior Administrative Manager with the Center for Disaster Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.  She has led multiple full scale HSEEP compliant Emergency Preparedness exercises; managed multidiscipline projects, and works directly with both clinical and administrative staff to be certain the hospital has the training and resources necessary to support continuity of care during a disaster.


Having graduated from New England School of Law with a focus in Healthcare Administration she has a thorough understanding of the legal system to ensure the MGH program is developed within the framework of the constantly evolving regulations of our industry. As well, Alison is enrolled in the Harvard University Center for Bioethics Master’s Program and looks forward to leading new advances in exploration of Disaster Ethics.

Automating Hospital Mass Casualty Incident Response: What Matters and Why?

8:00 am – 8:50 am

· This session will provide practical and achievable recommendations to enhance a hospital’s ability to implement key immediate response actions when a MCI occurs.

· Demonstration of the need for hospitals to be able to respond quickly to a MCI through analysis of recent MCI events.

· Key actions hospitals must be prepared to implement in the immediate phases of a MCI, and how these actions can be packaged into a well organized MCI protocol.4

· How to organize 15 minute no notice drills in Emergency Departments and other key areas of the hospital to practice initial MCI response actions.


Tina Batra Hershey, JD, MPH

Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

Tina Batra Hershey, JD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She is also the Assistant Director for Law and Policy at the Center for Public Health Practice at Pitt Public Health.

Ms. Hershey is actively involved in efforts to assist Indian tribes with public health legal preparedness, as well as other state and national programs involving legal preparedness. Her research interests also include law and policy issues related to telemedicine, sepsis, and health equity. She has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Public Health Practice and Management, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, and the American Public Health Association.


Resource Allocation in Disasters: Legal and Ethical Considerations

9:00 am – 10:00 am

· Describe an ethical framework for decision-making

· Compare and contrast public health ethics and clinical ethics

· Define public health legal preparedness and describe the role of law during public health emergencies

· Describe the constitutional framework for public health emergency response

· Explore the legal and ethical issues that may arise during disasters and emergencies

Brian Martin, AS, BS, MPA

EOC and Emergency Management Specialist, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center


Brian Martin is the EOC and Emergency Management Specialist for Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Frisco, Texas. He is also Adjunct Professor of Emergency Management and Disaster Science at the University of North Texas. He received his A.S. Disaster Preparedness from the Community College of the Air Force, B.S. Emergency Administration and Planning from the University of North Texas and Master of Public Administration from Argosy University. He has been active in Emergency Management and Response for 16 years with a focus on healthcare since 2010. His experience includes instructor of CBRNE defense, Environmental/HazMat Response, multiple positions within the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) systems in Texas functioning within the OASPR Hospital Preparedness Program, and finally - Safety, Environment of Care and Emergency Preparedness inside the hospital.

CMS Bootcamp: How to Develop a Training & Testing Program

10:30 am – 11:30 am



Denise Bulling, PhD, LIPC, CTM

Sr. Research Director, University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Dr. Denise Bulling is a Senior Research Director in the Public Policy Center with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). She is a Certified Threat Manager and Licensed Independent Professional Counselor. She regularly presents training to national audiences in threat assessment, workplace violence, psychological first aid and disaster response planning. Her portfolio includes projects exploring violent extremism, insider threats, source assessment in intelligence operations, workplace violence, suicide prevention, disaster behavioral health, homeland security planning and threats in various settings.

Integrating Prevention of Violent Extremism in Public Health Activities

10:30 am – 11:30 am


· Understand what violent extremism is

· Describe the overlap of violent extremism with other types of violence

· Identify the role of public health in countering violent extremism

Kevin Arthur, EMT-P/T, CHEC III

Manager of Emergency Management Programs, Primary Children's Hospital

Kevin Arthur, EMT-P/T, CHEC III has 35 years of experience in healthcare as a hospital-based Paramedic and Emergency Management Program Manager with 19 years in the ED at a 685 bed Level I Trauma Center - York Hospital, York, PA. Kevin was the Manager of Disaster Response, directing all emergency and disaster operations for the facility and its 40 person Disaster Response Team, a deployable medical support unit capable of decontamination operations, medical surge and high risk special operations sustainability support. Initiating program manager and team leader of the York Hospital Tactical Response Unit that provided operator level medical support for high-risk local, state and federal law enforcement special operations missions. Adjunct faculty with the Counter Narcotics Terrorism Operations Medical Support program with the Department of Defense Casualty Care Research Center, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, National Naval Medical Center.

Since January 2010 – has been the Emergency Management Program Manager at Primary Children’s Hospital, a 289-bed hospital and level I pediatric trauma center, and is responsible for public health and disaster emergency preparedness, training and response for PCH and its affiliated clinics. Founding chair of the Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele Healthcare Coalition, he also served as Chair of the Utah Disaster Advisory Council.


Mary Beth Nelson, BEM, CHEC III

Emergency Preparedness Specialist, Cone Health


Mary Beth Nelson has worked in the field of emergency management since early 2011. She has 3 years of healthcare emergency management experience working for Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, UT. Mary Beth obtained a Bachelor's degree in Emergency and Disaster Management from the American Military University and a Master's in Business Administration from Western Governors University. She volunteers for the American Red Cross, helping victims of disasters and other crisis events.

It’s right under your nose: Seeing the obvious while planning

10:30 am – 11:30 am



· The participants will learn that assumptive thought and planning behaviors, from over exposure to threats and risks common to their area, may cause fallible outcomes.

· This discussion will also illuminate examples of where this has happened before, creating plans that may not meet our needs in the immediacy of an event.

· The presenter(s) will discuss their own realization of this challenge from their experience in healthcare emergency management planning in Utah for pediatric populations.

Steve Baron, CHEC II, EMT-P

Region 9 Regional Hospital Coordination Center Coordinator

Steve Baron, CHEC II, EMT-P has 30 years of experience in the EMS field, 20 in the fire service, and 20 years in the hospital emergency management field. Steve currently is the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for Advocate Sherman Hospital and the Region 9 Regional Hospital Coordination Center Coordinator. He currently holds certifications as an EMT-Paramedic, numerous EMS Lead Instructor, American Heart Association Instructor in various disciplines, and Certified Hospital Emergency Coordinator, Level II.

Ken Hebert, CHEP

Emergency Management Coordinator, Rush-Copley Medical Center

Ken Hebert, CHEP has specialized as a hospital emergency management professional, with over twenty years of experience as a hospital based emergency, safety, and environment of care manager. He has developed and coordinated numerous exercises including all stages of planning activities. In many cases he has been involved with drafting after action reports and working with teams to construct improvement plans. He has worked with other groups as part of an exercise controller and evaluator team. Mr. Hebert’s undergraduate degree in Microbiology brings understanding and knowledge regarding infectious diseases that are common disaster scenario’s experienced by healthcare today. He also has achieved certification as a Medical Technologist and served as a hospital laboratory technologist. Mr. Hebert completed his Masters of Organizational Management degree from Spring Arbor University. In a previous life he has worked in the oilfield. He currently resides in Aurora, Illinois.

We’re doing what?? Regional Hospital Evacuation…Evacuating a hospital within a region to other regional facilities

10:30 am – 11:30 am


· Understand how your facility evacuation plan intertwines with other facilities evacuation plans

· Understand the complexity of a Regional Hospital Evacuation

· Understand the need for a Regional Hospital Command Center

· Provide lessons learned from Regional Hospital Evacuation Full-Scale Exercise"

Steve Ikuta, BS, MEP

Emergency Management Program Manager

Steve Ikuta has more than 34 years of experience in the medical field. He derives great satisfaction from helping communities prepare for an uncertain future. He currently coordinates Intermountain Healthcare southwest region’s emergency management program. His scope of services includes Dixie Regional Medical Center, Garfield Memorial Hospital and Valley View Medical Center. Steve graduated from Utah Valley University, magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management Administration Services. He is also a -FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner. Steve is a volunteer firefighter, and serves on the southwest regional hazmat response team, the southwest regional BLU-MED strike team, Utah Disaster Advisory Executive Committee and the Utah Crisis Standards of Care Committee. Steve is the recipient of the 2014 American Red Cross Heroes Award for Emergency Preparedness and a nominee for Homeland Security’s 2014 Rick Rescorla Award for Resiliency.

Judy Kruger, PhD

Health Scientist

CMS Bootcamp: AHEPP Mentoring Program in Action

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

· Increase knowledge of the AHEEP Mentorship Program

· Learn how mentoring contributes to the increased productivity and efficiency from the perspective of a SME

· Identify the logistical challenges

· Establish knowledge transfer outcomes

Mary Devine, MPH

Director of Emergency Management, Boston Children’s Hospital

Mary Devine, MPH serves as the Director of Emergency Management at Boston Children’s Hospital. Within her role, she oversees all aspects of the Emergency Management Program, including planning for and responding to institutional disruptions within the hospital. Before working at Boston Children’s, Mary held emergency management positions at the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. She has extensive experience in responding to complex emergencies within the Boston region, including the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings, the 2014 Ebola response, multiple severe weather events and hospital electronic health record downtime events. She began her career working as a wildland firefighter. Her education includes a BA from Saint Louis University and a Master of Public Health from Tulane University.

Pediatric Considerations in Hospital Emergency Management

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

· Identify pediatric vulnerabilities during hospital emergencies

· Incorporate pediatric considerations within emergency response plans

· Learn pediatric family reunification best practices."

Dr. Paul Biddinger, MD

Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine, Vice Chairman for Emergency Preparedness, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Paul Biddinger is the Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine, & is Vice Chairman for Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. He is also the Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at MGH & at Partners Healthcare. Dr. Biddinger additionally serves as the Director of the Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation & Practice (EPREP) Program at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and holds appointments at Harvard Medical School and at the Chan School. Dr. Biddinger serves as a special advisor to the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Preparedness and serves as a medical officer for the MA-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) in the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


Leighton Jones, BSc(hons), Senior Manager, Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation & Practice (EPREP) Program, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Leighton manages the Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation & Practice (EPREP) Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The EPREP Program is Harvard’s Center for Public Health Preparedness and provides public, private, and non-governmental organizations with expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies of all types; offering practice-based education, exercise and evaluation activities centered on public health emergency preparedness to public health, healthcare, first-responders, and other organizations.

Leighton’s background is in non-profit administration and emergency management having previously worked as the Chief Disaster & Program Officer for the American Red Cross of Massachusetts and in various leadership positions for The American Red Cross and The Salvation Army in New York.  He has deployed in response to numerous disasters across the United States including hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires, and aviation disasters. Leighton also served at Ground Zero in Manhattan immediately following the September 11th attacks and led the Red Cross response to the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings.  He specializes in government and NGO partnerships, volunteer administration, disaster human services and emergency response evaluation. Leighton has a passion for collaboration and served as the chair of the New York VOAD network (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) for many years.

Using Exercises to Measure Preparedness

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

· Describe the characteristics of exercises that are well-suited to use for evaluation purposes

· Understand the strengths and limitations of exercises that are used to measure preparedness

· Identify tools that are available to improve the quality of data collection and exercise evaluation"

Shayne Brannman, MS, MA


Shayne Brannman, MS, MA, Director, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange. Ms. Brannman has extensive experience conducting independent evaluations and assessments of government healthcare policies and programs. She has worked on health issues for the Navy and Department of Defense healthcare systems, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at Health and Human Services, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She is an established healthcare executive with more than 30 years of experience, within both strategic and operational settings. In addition, she is an experienced personnel-planning analyst, with an extensive understanding of personnel and training systems.

Ms. Brannman currently serves as a Senior Management Analyst within HHS/ASPR. She is the ASPR Director for TRACIE (Technical Resources Assistance Center and Information Exchange) and works on interagency Crisis Standards of Care and healthcare system stress efforts.

ASPR TRACIE: Here to Help You Improve Healthcare Emergency Preparedness

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

· Get questions answered from experts in the new CMS Emergency Preparedness rule

Edward Gabriel, MPA, EMT-P, CEM, CBCP

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Mr. Gabriel is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. In this role, he serves as principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) on all matters pertaining to and in support of the Department’s public health emergency preparedness and response and recovery activities, programs, and policies. Mr. Gabriel provides strategic oversight to the organization with an emphasis on enhancing state and local preparedness, policies and plans relating to public health and medical emergencies, emergency response operations, financial analysis and advanced development of and manufacturing of critical medical countermeasures for man-made and naturally occurring public health threats.

Keynote Address: Future of ASPR – New Administration, New Funding, New Rules

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

  • Provide an overview of current HHS/ASPR administration and focus on preparedness and response activities;
  • Provide an overview of ASPR funding schemes now, and going forward; an
  •  Engage in discussion around the new CMS rule and what the impacts are for public health and healthcare entities

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