ARC 2015


DAY ONE: Wednesday, December 2
6:30-7:00 AM Morning Fitness Activity

7:00 AM-6:00 PM Registration
8:30-9:45 AM General Session
9:45-10:30 AM Networking Break
10:30-11:40 AM Global to Local: Reverse Innovation in Building Coalitions – Lessons Learned from Abroad
Disasters have global impacts, but efforts to learn from other nations are limited. This panel will discuss innovative approaches to emergency management and coalition building from other nations, and the lessons that can be applied here in the US from other nations.
Claudia Der-Martirosian, Associate Director of Research, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
Michael Pham, The CPR Hero Training Center Executive Director, University of Southern California
Pietro Marghella, Medical Planning and Preparedness Senior Advisor, International Medical Corps
10:30-11:45 AM Integrating Individuals Experiencing Homelessness into Disaster Response
People experiencing homelessness have access and functional needs that may become exacerbated during disasters due to poverty, and health conditions that can interfere with planning and adapting to emergencies. This session presents a new Toolkit on Disaster Preparedness and Planning that addresses the need of individuals experiencing homelessness.
Connie Boatright-Royster, Senior Crisis and Continuity Advisor, MESH Coalition
Cheryl Levine, At-Risk Individuals Team Lead, US Department of Health & Human Services
David Canavan, HUD/SNAPS Lead Consultant, Canavan Associates
June Gin, Research Health Scientist, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
Cynthia Hansen, National Healthcare Preparedness Programs Senior Advisor, US Department of Health and Human Services
11:45-1:00 PM Lunch
1:00-2:10 PM Developing a Resilient Workforce – Innovations in Training & HR Policies
Panelists will discuss current critical gaps in the healthcare workforce, workforce readiness in a large hospital, innovative virtual learning resources aimed at preparing staff for disasters, and national efforts to promote nursing leadership and readiness during disasters.
Aram Dobalian, Director, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
Anne "Belle" Griffin, Clinical Investigator, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
Arthur J French, President-Elect of National Disaster Life Support Foundation, Emergency Physician of VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Cathy Lee-Sellers, Associate Director, Indianapolis VA Medical Center
2:10-2:45 PM Networking Break
2:45-4:00 PM Breakout Sessions
4:15-5:30 PM General Session
5:30-7:30 PM Cocktail Reception

DAY TWO: Thursday, December 3
6:00-7:00 AM Morning Fitness Activity

8:00-9:30 AM General Session
9:45-10:30 AM Networking Break
10:15-11:40 AM Measuring Readiness to Promote Resiliency – Operational Metrics and Standards
Panelists will discuss: (1) efforts to build evidence-based practices in emergency management; (2) a web-based system that provides a consistent and efficient approach to plan, develop, evaluate and improve emergency management activities throughout the VA and enables multi-level participation and collaboration; and (3) cybersecurity and cyber resilience for healthcare organizations.
Aram Dobalian, Director, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
Tiffany Radcliff, Associate Professor/Associate Department Head of Health Policy and Management, Texas A&M University
Mary Connelly, Emergency Management Project Manager, Oak Ridge Affiliated Universities
Christopher Lamb, Cyber-Security Research Scientist, Sandia National Laboratories
11:40 AM-1:00 PM Lunch
1:00-2:10 PM Disaster Behavioral Health – mHealth, TeleHealth, and Other Innovations
The mental health impact of natural disasters, terrorism, and other emergencies may be greater than its physical effects. Panelists will discuss innovative approaches using mobile apps, telehealth, psychological first aid, and other cutting-edge approaches to address behavioral health needs following disasters.
Jennie Tsao, Professor/Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care and Program Research Director, University of California—Los Angeles
Brenda Wiederhol, President and CEO, Virtual Reality Medical Center
Merritt Dean Schreiber, Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine/Director of Psychological Programs, Emergency Medicine, University of California—Irvine School of Medicine
Isaac Lin, CEO, Kindred Hospital South Bay
2:15-3:00 PM Networking Break
3:00-4:30 PM General Session and Adjourn