ARC 2014


DAY ONE: Wednesday, December 10
8:00-8:45 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45-9:15 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
Aram Dobalian, Director, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
The Honorable Eileen Decker, Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety, City of Los Angeles
9:15-10:15 AM Insights from Los Angeles County
Keynote Speaker:
Jeff Reeb, Director of Office of Emergency Management, Los Angeles County
10:15-10:30 AM Break and Networking
10:30-12:00 PM Developing Scorecards for Hospital Preparedness: Working Together to Establish Meaningful Measures
Hospitals play a vital role when disasters and large-scale emergencies occur in a community. Hospitals prepare for such events through planning and practice, and with the goal of ensuring continuity of operations. However, while numerous entities, both governmental and private, as well as hospitals themselves repeatedly assess “hospital preparedness,” no clear and shared definitions or measures of this concept exist. Panelists represent a range of organizations with an interest in hospital preparedness. Presentations will focus on ways in which hospital preparedness is currently being assessed and describe how the field can move in a concerted way toward more unified, less duplicative hospital preparedness assessments with common measures and standards
Fred Hagigi, Deputy Director for Education Research and Training, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
Tiffany Radcliff, Associate Professor of School of Public Health, Texas A&M University
Ryan Olsen,Vice President of Operations, St Jude Medical Center
Kurt Kainsinger, Director of Emergency Preparedness, University of California—Los Angeles

Wally Ghurabi, Medical Director of Nethercutt Emergency Center, University of California—Los Angeles
12:00-1:15 PM Lunch, Networking and Poster Showcase
1:15-2:45 PM Improving Preparedness in Public Venues
Mass public gatherings, many of which traditionally lack sufficient or effective spectator control, have been the site of multiple deaths and injuries in numerous countries and across various types of events. Malls and other large businesses have been terrorist targets in many nations. Sporting events, concerts, and festivals consistently tend to produce spectator-generated incidents. Panelists will share lessons learned from such incidents, and provide tools and experiences in a form that can be used as a guide for planning for such events in the future. The discussion will highlight preparedness activities designed to protect the safety of customers, guests, performers, and employees.
Aram Dobalian, Director, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
David Born, Director of Security, Staples Center (AEG)

The Honorable Eileen Decker, Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety, City of Los Angeles

Robert Smilowitz, Principal, Weidlinger Associates, Inc

Jacqueline Yaft, Deputy Executive Director of Emergency Preparedness, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)

Ray Uyemura, Director of Systems, Bureau of Engineering, City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works,
2:45-3:00 PM Break and Networking
3:00-4:30 PM Resilience and Recovery among Children and Families
The unique needs of children and families are often not addressed in preparedness plans, despite the fact that there are 74 million children under age 18 in the U.S. Addressing these needs and building the resilience of the communities in which children live will require building coalitions that include numerous stakeholders that often do not work together on an ongoing basis. This panel brings together traditional and non-traditional medical and public health stakeholders, including community organizations, schools, and other partners to examine public health preparedness related to children and families. The panelists will review existing tools and frameworks, discuss how to leverage partnerships and organizations to build resilience, and describe what opportunities and needs exist to use policy and research to strengthen resilience and recovery among children and families.
Derrick Kranke, Research Health Scientist, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
Cathy Coy, Emergency Preparedness Program Manager, Long Beach Unified School District
Jeff Upperman, Trauma Program Director, Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Laura Payne, Assistant Professor of Department of Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California—Los Angeles
Jennifer Smith, Manager of Community Preparedness | US Programs, Save the Children USA
4:30-5:30 PM Reception
Innovator of the Year Awardee:
Robert Smith, EdD
Program Manager for Education, Training and Exercises
US Department of Veterans Affairs

DAY TWO: Thursday, December 11
8:00-8:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-10:00 AM The Preparedness Forecast
National emergencies such as the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the subsequent anthrax attacks, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, have focused widespread attention on domestic and international readiness for public health emergencies. Numerous efforts have been proposed to build more resilient communities that are better able to survive, adapt, and grow when confronted with catastrophic events, but much remains to be done. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently noted that, in the event of a disaster, healthcare practitioners and suppliers in the US are unprepared to adequately protect the health and safety of their patients. Consequently, CMS recently proposed emergency preparedness requirements that providers and suppliers must meet in order to participate in Medicare and Medicaid.
This panel brings together government, business, and academic leaders, who will share their perspectives and forecasts on these and other key issues which impact disaster preparedness and response in the US. Panelists will review public and private sector trends and policies, and provide insight into how the economics and politics of preparedness and response will impact public and private organizations and those they serve.
Aram Dobalian, Director, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
Skip Skivington, Vice President of Operations, Kaiser Permanente
Lt Timothy Smith, Assistant Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation
Stella Fogleman, Director of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Program (EPRP), Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
10:00-10:15 AM Break and Networking
10:15-10:45 AM Innovations to Advance Public Health and Medical Preparedness and Resilience
Edward Gabriel, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, US Department of Health and Human Services
10:45-12:15 PM Building Community Resilience Amid Social Marginalization: Homeless And Other At-Risk Populations
Planning for community resilience involves ensuring that the needs of all populations are adequately integrated into disaster planning. Socially stigmatized populations often rely on social institutions (i.e. homeless shelters, correctional facilities, drug rehabilitation facilities, emergency rooms, social service agencies) for their daily care and survival. In particular, people experiencing homelessness are especially susceptible to the adverse impacts of disasters due to poverty, isolation, lack of shelter, and physical and mental health conditions. Nevertheless, these groups are often neglected in disaster planning. Consequently, these individuals have often fared poorly in disasters. This panel presents a new Toolkit for Homeless Disaster Preparedness and Planning that provides strategies to ensure that the needs and strengths of homeless individuals are integrated into disaster planning.
Panelists will also discuss the implications of this toolkit for other marginalized populations, including incarcerated individuals or persons with substance use disorders. Homeless service providers and re-entry providers constitute a support structure for chronically homeless individuals, who constantly cycle through jails, shelters, and the street. Within these systems, public health emergencies such as infectious diseases present particular planning challenges. This session will explore the toolkit and other approaches to enhance community support and resilience for these populations.
June Gin, Research Health Scientist, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
June Gin, Research Health Scientist, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
Bill Pitkin, Director of Domestic Programs, Conrad Hilton Foundation
Garrett Cox, Epidemiologist of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
Jason Yancey Chair of the Board of Directors, Emergency Network Los Angeles (ENLA)
Fran Ledger, Senior Associate, Canavan Associates
12:15-1:30 PM Lunch and Networking
1:30-3:00 PM Sustainable Global Disaster Response and Recovery
Most deaths from disasters occur in developing countries. Accordingly, developing countries tend to rely on short-term, international humanitarian aid to address the ever-increasing frequency and magnitude of disasters. In contrast, long-term recovery and mitigation efforts have proven more difficult to sustain. Despite these observations, less than 1% of all disaster-related publications concern disasters in less-developed countries. Panelists will discuss challenges and lessons learned in coordinating both short-term and long-term relief efforts of non-government volunteer organizations, particularly the vital role that Diasporas can play. Panelists will discuss relevant research and practice-based observations from various fields, focusing on key lessons for practitioners, policy-makers, community leaders, and researchers.
Claudia Der-Martirosian, Research Health Scientist, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
Stephen Tomlin, Senior Advisor of Program Policy and Planning, International Medical Corps (IMC)
Tony Olaes, CEO, Gawad Kalinga USA
Thomas J Coates, Director of Center for World Health, University of California—Los Angeles
Fred Hagigi, Deputy Director for Education Research and Training, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
3:00-3:15 PM Break and Networking
3:15-4:45 PM Workforce and Community Readiness
How healthcare professionals respond in the wake of a disaster can depend on preparedness of the healthcare organization as much as on the healthcare professionals themselves. Public and private workforces in government, health care, and other vital industries need to understand how to prepare for a disaster and be ready, willing, and able to return to work following a disaster. To do so, we need an understanding of current healthcare workforce needs. In addition, businesses and workers need to be trained in mitigation activities and be prepared with policies and procedures to react quickly and effectively in the aftermath of a disaster. Panelists will discuss current critical gaps in the California healthcare workforce, workforce readiness in a large academic hospital, innovative virtual learning resources aimed at preparing staff for disasters, and the use of international medical graduates to improve preparedness among traditionally underserved communities.
Tamar Wyte-Lake, Research Health Scientist, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
Robert Smith, Program Manager for Education, Training and Exercises, US Department of Veterans Affairs
Shannon McConville, Research Associate, Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)
Michelle Bholat, Executive Director of International Medical Graduate Program/ Professor and Vice Chair of Department of Family Medicine, University of California—Los Angeles
Jeanne Flores, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer, Cedars-Sinai Health System
4:45-5:00 PM Where Do We Go from Here? and Raffle
Aram Dobalian, Director, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
5:00 PM Adjourn