Sponsored by VA Office of Emergency Management and VA Office of Public Health


DAY ONE: Tuesday, May 10
7:30-8:00 AM Registration
8:00 AM-8:30 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
Aram Dobalian, Director, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
Richard Callis, Deputy Chief Consultant for Planning and Operations, US Department of Veterans Affairs
8:30 AM-10:00 AM Federal Responsibilities in Disaster Resilience: The Role of VA and its Federal Partners
Community resilience–the sustained ability of a community to withstand and recover from adversity–has become a key policy issue, and resilience and the ability of communities to recover at both the infrastructure and human levels has received renewed attention. But understanding the roles and responsibilities of federal agencies in supporting resilience has been less clear. In this panel session we will discuss: 1) how federal agencies, including the VA, define and integrate community resilience into agency plans and strategies; 2) how VA assets that can support resilience are currently being used, and identify additional opportunities for those assets to be used in concert with other federal agencies to support community resilience, and 3) the needs of the veteran community that should be addressed in community resilience plans.
Joie Acosta, Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation
Keith Turi, Senior Policy Advisor of Office of Policy and Program Analysis, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Daniel Dodgen, Office for At Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Human Services Coordination Director, US Department of Health and Human Services
Peter Brewster, Director of Education, Training and Exercises, US Department of Veterans Affairs
Anita Chandra, Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation
11:45 AM-1:15 PM Lunch, Networking and Speakers
Rx Response: Coordinating Private Sector Bio-pharmaceutical Resources in Disasters

Nadav Davidai, Crisis and Resilience Consultant, Control Risks
VA Emergency Pharmaceutical Cache Program Interagency Coordination on Medical Countermeasures
Abid Rahman, Associate Director for Program Coordination, US Department of Veterans Affairs
1:15:-2:25 PM Concurrent Sessions
3:00-4:00 PM Developing Successful Public-Private Healthcare Coalitions
Plenary Speaker:
Chad Priest, Chief Executive Officer, MESH Coalition
4:00-5:30 PM Concurrent Sessions
5:30-7:00 PM Reception and Poster Session


DAY TWO: Wednesday, May 11
7:30-8:30 AM Registration
8:30-10:00 AM Concurrent Sessions
10:00-10:15 AM Break
10:15-11:45 AM Crisis in Japan: Medical and Public Health Implications
The recent massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the subsequent radiological emergency have heightened awareness of the potential for a similar disaster in the United States. In this session panelists will review a spectrum of medical and public health implications of such an event and public health radiological readiness in the United States.
Aram Dobalian, Director, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
James J James, Director of Center for Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response, American Medical Association
Joseph Albanese, Radiation Biodosimetrist of Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response, Yale New Haven Health System
Cham Dallas, Professor/Director of Institute for Health Management and Mass Destruction Defense, University of Georgia
Tom LaTourette, Senior Physical Scientist, RAND Corporation
11:45 AM-1:15 PM Lunch, Networking and Speaker
Team Rubicon: Uniting Military Veterans with Medical Professionals to Bridge the Gap between Disaster and Response
Jake Wood, President, Team Rubicon
1:15-2:45 PM Concurrent Sessions

2:45-3:00 PM Break
3:00-4:30 PM Call To Action: Incorporating Homeless Populations into Preparedness Planning and Response
People who are homeless have much higher rates of physical and mental health problems compared with the general population, placing them at increased risk of disaster-related harms. Further, the transient and isolated nature of the lives of many homeless people presents unique challenges to disaster preparedness and recovery programs. This session will engage participants in a robust discussion of the barriers and facilitators to addressing the disaster-related needs of this particularly vulnerable population.
Aram Dobalian, Director, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center
Sabrina Edgington, Program and Policy Specialist, National Health Care for the Homeless Council
Lillian Gelberg, Professor of Department of Family Medicine, University of California—Los Angeles
Amy Kilbourne, Associate Director, VA Ann Arbor HSRD/SMITREC
David S Buck, President, Healthcare for the Homeless; Associate Professor of Department of Family and Community Medicine
4:30-4:45 PM Closing Remarks
4:45 PM Adjourn