2014 Preparedness Summit Plenary Sessions Announced

2013-PHP-1-0130Featured Plenary Speakers Include Cross-Disciplinary Preparedness Thought Leaders
To explore the theme of the 2014 Preparedness Summit, “Stronger Together: Aligning Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities to Protect Our Communities,” this year’s plenary sessions will feature prominent speakers from the fields of Public Health and Healthcare to discuss critical topics for defining a path toward greater integration between the two fields. Register now

Preparing Our Nation’s Healthcare System for Catastrophic Disaster: Looking at the Past to Improve the Future
Opening Plenary Session: Tuesday, April 1 at 8:00 AM

Sheri Fink, MD, PhD, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm Ravaged Hospital, will discuss her latest book and share insights from her career as an investigative reporter covering the aftermath of disasters. In response, a panel of nationally recognized leaders in the field will join Dr. Fink for a discussion about her experience with Hurricane Katrina and their suggestions for the future of healthcare preparedness.

  • Keynote speaker: Sheri Fink, MD, PhD
  • Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, RADM, US Public Health Service
  • Paul Biddinger, MD, Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response Exercise Program, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Umair Shah, MD, MPH, Deputy Director, Harris County (TX) Public Health and Environmental Health Services
  • Other speakers: TBA

Capabilities Alignment and Beyond: Accomplishments, Challenges and Plans for Building a Prepared Nation through the PHEP, HPP and DHS Grant Programs
Plenary Session: Wednesday, April 2 at 8:00 AM

In March 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released “Public Health Preparedness Capabilities: National Standards for State and Local Planning.” In January 2012, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response released “The Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities: National Guidance for Healthcare System Preparedness.” Together, these documents serve as the cornerstone of health preparedness planning. Speakers will report on progress toward achieving aligned capabilities between these two documents and other federal grant programs while identifying gaps, priorities, plans, and measurable progress toward sustainable preparedness.

  • Christine Kosmos, Director, Division of State and Local Readiness, CDC
  • David Marcozzi, MD, Director, National Healthcare Preparedness Programs, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Jacqueline Scott, DVM, PhD, Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness, Michigan Department of Community Health
  • Mac McClendon, Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness, Harris County Public Health and Health Services
  • Other speakers: TBA

The Long Road to Recovery: Rebuilding a Community after Disaster
Closing Plenary Session: Friday, April 4 at 10:30 AM

Large scale mass casualty events can have long-term effects on a community that can last for years. Coordinating recovery efforts between public health and healthcare sectors can ensure that the needs (i.e., mental health, environmental health, infectious disease, etc.) of individuals, businesses, and communities are supported throughout the recovery process. In this session, responders to events such as the Boston Marathon bombing, Oklahoma City bombing, Super Storm Sandy, and others will look back at the recovery challenges faced after the national spotlight moves on from the disaster.

  • Moderator: Alonzo Plough, PhD, MPH, Vice President for Research and Evaluation and Chief Science Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • John Tassey, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences, University of Oklahoma
  • S. Atyia Martin, MPS, EMT-B. Director Boston Public Health Commission Office of Public Health Preparedness
  • Erica Lowry, MSW, Senior Director, Sandy Long-Term Recovery, American Red Cross
  • Other speakers: TBA
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