ARC 2015

AGENDA

DAY ONE: Tuesday, December 1
7:00 AM -1:00 PM Registration
 
7:00-8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
 
8:00-8:55 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
The US Department of Veterans Affairs plays a vital role during national emergencies and disasters. By law, VA provides health care to enrolled veterans first, but it can provide support to communities when local emergency needs arise or the federal government declares a disaster. Mr. Hanretta will discuss VA’s innovative security and preparedness initiatives.
ARC Planning Committee Chair:
Aram Dobalian, Director, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
 
Keynote Speaker:
Kevin Hanretta, Assistant Secretary for Operations, Security, and Preparedness, US Department of Veterans Affairs
 
8:55-10:05 AM Building and Maintaining Resiliency
Resilience is critical to a community’s recovery after an emergency. Panelists will discuss efforts: (1) to build the resilience of community-based organizations that serve the homeless; (2) to use international medical graduates to improve preparedness in underserved communities; and (3) 2-1-1’s efforts to provide up-to-date information in an emergency.
Moderator:
Aram Dobalian, Director, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
 
Panelists:
June Gin, Research Health Scientist, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
 
Michelle Bholat, Executive Director of International Medical Graduate Program, University of California—Los Angeles
 
William York, Executive Vice President, 2-1-1 San Diego; Board Member, San Diego Veterans Coalition
 
10:15-10:30 AM Networking Break
 
10:30-11:40 AM Disaster Care Coordination for Hospitals
Gaps in care coordination can exacerbate efforts to respond to and recover from disasters. Panelists will discuss efforts to assess and build hospital readiness and community collaboration; CMS’ proposed emergency requirements; and the role of the VA in healthcare coalitions.
Moderator:
Tiffany Radcliff, Associate Professor/Associate Department Head of Health Policy and Management,Texas A&M University
 
Panelists:
Aram Dobalian, Director, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
 
Deborah Kim, Senior Health Scientist/Health and Analytics, Battelle Memorial Institute
 
Connie Boatright-Royster, Senior Crisis and Continuity Advisor, MESH Coalition
 
11:50 AM-1:00 PM Lunch: Building Resilient Communities with Veterans – Approaches to Community Engagement
Households, friends, family, neighbors, voluntary organizations, and businesses are all essential partners in community-based resilience during disasters. This working lunch will discuss ways to incorporate the unique skills and experiences of veterans in strengthening resiliency of local communities during major disasters.
Workshop Facilitators:
Claudia Der-Martirosian, Associate Director for Research, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
 
Mangwi Atia, Senior Program Manager of Strategy and Planning, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
 
William York, Executive Vice President, 2-1-1 San Diego; Board Member, San Diego Veterans Coalition
 
1:10-2:20 PM Disaster Care Coordination for At-Risk Populations: Children and Families
Children and families with children may confront greater risks for poorly coordinated care than adults even before disasters occur. Panelists will discuss these risks to physical and mental health, and suggest approaches to address them.
Moderator:
Jennie Tsao, Professor/Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Research Director, University of California—Los Angeles
 
Panelists:
Derrick Kranke, Research Health Scientist, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
 
Rita Burke, Assistant Professor of Research Surgery and Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California
 
Lonnie Zeltzer, Distinguished Professor/Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Program Director, University of California, Los Angeles
 
Cheryl Levine, At-Risk Individuals Team Lead, US Department of Health and Human Services
 
2:20-2:40 PM Networking Break
 
2:40-3:50 PM Disaster Care Coordination for At-Risk Populations: Elderly
The elderly are disproportionately at risk of greater morbidity and mortality following a disaster. Panelists will discuss ways to mitigate these risks in home health, nursing homes, and dialysis centers, and efforts to improve the education and training of healthcare provider to care for geriatric patients after a disaster.
Moderator:
Tamar Wyte-Lake, Clinical Investigator, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
 
Panelists:
Brian Altman, Education Director of HJF, National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
 
Jocelyn Montgomery, Director of Clinical Affairs, California Association of Health Facilities
 
Joon Lee, Hospital Services Group Senior Director, DaVita
 
4:00-4:30 PM Discussion and Closing
 
4:30-5:30 PM Cocktail Reception (By Invitation Only)
Innovator of the Year Award Awardee:
Nick Macchione, FACHE
Director and Deputy Chief Administrator Officer
County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency

DAY TWO: 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.
Moderator:
Claudia Der-Martirosian, Associate Director for Research, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
 
Panelists:
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.
Moderator:
Connie Boatright-Royster, Senior Crisis and Continuity Advisor, MESH Coalition
 
Panelists:
Cheryl Levine, At-Risk Individuals Team Lead, US Department of Health and 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 AM-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.
Moderator:
Aram Dobalian, Director, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
 
Panelists:
 
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, US Department of Veterans Affairs
 
Cathy Lee-Sellers, Associate Director of Indianapolis VA Medical Center, US Department of Veterans Affairs
 
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 THREE: 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.
Moderator:
Aram Dobalian, Director, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
 
Panelists:
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.
Moderator:
Jennie Tsao, Professor/Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care and Program Research Director, University of California, Los Angeles
 
Panelists:
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
 
Isaac Lin, CEO, Kindred Hospital South Bay
 
2:15-3:00 PM Networking Break
 
3:00-4:30 PM General Session