CEMPER 2010

Sponsored by VA Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards

AGENDA

DAY ONE: Tuesday, May 4
7:30-8:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
 
8:00-8:30 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
Speakers:
Shawn L Fultz, Acting Deputy Chief Public Health and Environmental Hazards Officer, US Department of Veterans Affairs
 
Geraldine Coyle, Deputy Chief Consultant, Administration, Emergency Management Strategic Health Care Group, US Department of Veterans Affairs
 
Aram Dobalian, Planning Committee Chair/Research Health Scientist, US Department of Veterans Affairs
 
8:30-9:00 AM Understanding Readiness of the VHA Health Care System, Part 1 - The 2005 Web-based Survey of VA Medical Centers and VISN Offices
Speaker:
Beth Neiley, Project Manager, Booz Allen Hamilton
 
9:00-9:30 AM Understanding Readiness of the VHA Health Care System, Part 2 - The 2009 VHA National Education and Training Needs Assessment
Speaker:
Geraldine Coyle, Deputy Chief Consultant, Administration, Emergency Management Strategic Health Care Group, US Department of Veterans Affairs
 
9:30-9:45 AM Break
 
9:45-10:45 AM Concurrent sessions
Session #1: Overview of VA and VA evaluation and research funding for non-VA researchers and practitioners
Aram Dobalian, Planning Committee Chair/Research Health Scientist, US Department of Veterans Affairs
 
Session #2: Meet the Editors Panel
James J James, Editor-in-Chief, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness; Director of Center for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response, American Medical Association
 
Jane A Kushma, Managing Editor, Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management; Associate Professor of Institute for Emergency Preparedness, Jacksonville State University
 
Jackie Fox, Managing Editor, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science, Senior Science Writer and Director of Communications, Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
 
10:45-11:30 AM Understanding Readiness of the VHA Health Care System, Part 3 - The 2007-2010 Emergency Management Capability Assessment Program
Speakers:
Hillary Kleiner, Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
 
Beth Neiley, Senior Associate and Project Manager, Booz Allen Hamilton
 
11:30-1:00 PM VA Regional Emergency Managers and Area Emergency Managers Perspectives: Lunch, Speaker and Networking
Speakers:
Darlene Weisman, Regional Emergency Manager, Chicago/EMSHG Region V, US Department of Veterans Affairs
 
Kenneth Wheeler, Area Emergency Manager Atlanta, US Department of Veterans Affairs
 
Greg Watts, VA Regional Emergency Manager Seattle/EMSHG Region X, US Department of Veterans Affairs
 
1:00-1:45 PM What VA Emergency Managers Can Learn from Transportation Planning
Speaker:
Janet K Benini, Associate Director, Office of the Secretary of Transportation, US Department of Transportation
 
1:45-2:00 PM Break
 
2:00-3:00PM VHA Emergency Preparedness Literature Review, Discussion of VHA Comprehensive Emergency Management Program Evaluation and Research Agenda, Open Forum on Advancing the Research Agenda
Speakers:
Maria Claver, Research Health Scientist, US Department of Veterans Affairs
 
Darya Friedman, Project Manager, US Department of Veterans Affairs
 
Aram Dobalian, Planning Committee Chair/Research Health Scientist, US Department of Veterans Affairs
 
3:00-3:15 PM Break
 
3:15-4:30 PM Emergency Management Research across Federal Agencies
“National Health Security Strategy & Emergency Management Research”
Lisa G Kaplowitz, Director of Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, US Department of Health and Human Services
 
CAPT Mildred Williams-Johnson, US Public Health Service, Director of Extramural Research Programs, Office for Public Health Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
 
“Human Factors Behavioral Sciences Projects at the Department of Homeland Security”
Michael Dunaway, Human Factors/Behavioral Science Division, Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate
 
“Soldiers Helping Soldiers: A Study of Resiliency among Army National Guard Veterans”
Lt Col Lisa Sayegh, Ph.D., USAF, Command Mental Health Officer, NORAD-USNORTHCOM/SG Office of the Command Surgeon
 
“Department of Homeland Security’s Office University Programs and its Centers of Excellence”
Matthew Clark, Chief of Research for Department of Homeland Security’ Office University Programs
 
Shawn L Fultz, Acting Deputy Chief Public Health and Environmental Hazards Officer, US Department of Veterans Affairs
 
4:30-5:00 PM Research to Improve Emergency Preparedness and Response:
Guidance from Implementation Science

Speaker:
Brian Mittman, Director of Center for Implementation Practice and Research Support (CIPRS), US Department of Veterans Affairs
 
5:00-6:30 PM Reception, Networking and Poster Session

DAY TWO: Wednesday, May 5
7:30-8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
 
8:00-9:30 AM Concurrent Sessions
Paper Session I: Workforce and Communication
Session Facilitator:
Maria Claver, Research Health Scientist, US Department of Veterans Affairs
 
Presenters:
1. Jennifer Griffith, “Understanding the Public Health Impact of Hurricane Ike: a Longitudinal Assessment with the Hurricane Ike Registry”
2. Joseph Barbera, “Establishing a Comprehensive Healthcare Emergency Management Competency Framework and Taxonomy”
3. Willie Carley, “Clinicians Infrequently Participate in Emergency Management Training Within the Healthcare Industry”
4. Bob Smith, “The Veterans Health Administration’s Disaster Emergency Medical Personnel System (DEMPS): Competency Based Training Program Using Emerging Technologies” (presented by Laura Greci)
 
Paper Session II: Vulnerable Populations
Session Facilitator:
Josef I Ruzek, Director of the Dissemination and Training Division of the National Center for PTSD and Director of PTSD Education for the Sierra-Pacific MIRECC
 
Presenters:
1. Scott Barnett, “Florida Veterans and the 2004-2005 Hurricane Seasons: an Analysis of PTSD and Mental Health Utilization”
2. Lisa Brown, “Use of Outpatient Mental Health Services by Homeless Veterans after Hurricanes”
3. Edward Hickling, “Pilot Application of Psychological First Aid Specifically Designed for the VHA”
4. Carol North, “Do Disasters Cause Alcoholism? An Empirical Study of Survivors of 10 Disasters”
 
Paper Session III: Systems & Recovery
Session Facilitator:
Jeanne S Ringel, Senior Economist, RAND Corporation
 
Presenters:
1. Laura Greci, “Virtual Immersive Platform for Education and Research: Pandemic Flu Patient Surge Planning and Practice”
2. Robert Glass, “Defining and Evaluating Threats and Designing Strategies for VA Healthcare”
3. Aram Dobalian, “Evacuation of Veterans from Nursing Homes Due to Katrina and Rita”
4. Mary Mather, “Patient Safety Through Effective Communication During Disaster Relief”
 
9:30-10:00 AM Break
 
10:00-11:00 AM ESF-6
Speakers:
Mark Tinsman, Program Specialist, Mass Care Unit, Emergency Assistance Branch, FEMA, Disaster Assistance Directorate
 
CAPT Roberta Lavin, Director of the Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response, US Department of Human and Health Service Administration for Children and Families
 
11:00-11:45 AM Public-Private Collaboration for Disaster Resilience: Opportunities and Challenges
Speakers:
Lynne R Kidder, Senior Vice President of Public-Private Partnerships, Business Executives for National Security (BENS)
 
Scott A Mugno, Managing Director of Corporate Safety, Health and Fire Protection, FedEx Express
 
11:45-1:00 PM Lunch, Speaker and Networking
Speaker cancelled due to flooding in Nashville, TN
 
1:00-2:15 PM Haiti
Speakers:
James Geiling, Chief of the Medical Service, White River Junction VA Medical Center
 
Colonel Daniel J Bochicchio, Attending Physician, Baltimore VA Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Maryland
 
Kenneth Wheeler, VA Area Emergency Manager, Atlanta
Atlanta VAMC NDMS Federal Coordinating Center: Haiti Earthquake Relief Operation 2010
 
2:15-3:00 PM VA/Local Health Department Collaboration
Speakers cancelled due to flooding in Nashville, TN
 
3:00-3:15 PM Break
 
3:15-4:15 PM Plenary
Plenary Speaker Introduction:
Geraldine Coyle, Deputy Chief Consultant, Administration, Emergency Management Strategic Health Care Group, US Department of Veterans Affairs
 
Plenary Speaker: Arthur L Kellermann, Director of RAND Public Health Systems and Preparedness Center, Senior Principal Researcher, Paul O'Neill-Alcoa Chair in Policy Analysis, RAND Corporation
 
4:15-4:30 PM Closing Remarks
Speakers:
Aram Dobalian, Planning Committee Chair/Research Health Scientist, US Department of Veterans Affairs
 
Victoria J Davey, Acting Chief Public Health and Environmental Hazards Officer, US Department of Veterans Affairs
 
4:30 PM Adjourn