Strengthening Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness: Lessons from the Aurora Mass Shooting and Hurricane Sandy
Washington, D.C. (March 7, 2013)–
Over 1,500 local, state, and federal public health leaders will attend the 2013 Public Health Preparedness Summit at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia, from March 12-15. Media are invited to attend.
This year’s theme is “Strengthening Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness through Innovation, Integration, and Implementation.” Two prominent Summit sessions will focus on lessons learned from responses to the Aurora mass shooting and Hurricane Sandy. Summit attendees will hear from current and former senior administration officials, academics, and industry experts in the public health and safety fields.
Highlighted sessions include:
- Community United: An Integrated Response to the Aurora Mass Shooting
On July 20, 2012, after a massacre at a local movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, first responders including the local health department, and area hospitals surged to meet the needs of injured victims. The Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response staff was formally activated as the lead for the response through the City of Aurora Office of Emergency Management. Hear from Michele Askenazi, MPH, Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response of TCHD, and others about the response to the shooting.
- To Stay or Go? : What Sandy Taught Us about Hospital Evacuation and Healthcare Preparedness
On a Monday night in late October, first responders, hospital staff, and public health officials evacuated hundreds of patients down the darkened stairwells of battered facilities and into the driving rain and wind of Superstorm Sandy. Hear key decision makers involved in the hospital evacuations in New York, including Michael J. Primeau, Director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness at New York State Health Department and Christopher Mcstay, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and New York University’s Langone Medical Center, discuss how critical decisions were made during this crisis, the impact of these decisions, and the lessons learned for future healthcare preparedness.
- Great Expectations: Maintaining Public Trust and Instilling Confidence Before, During, and After a Disaster
Hear leaders from federal, state, and local governments, media, and humanitarian aid organizations talk about recent emergency events and reflect on how we can better understand the public’s expectations during disaster, how these expectations were met during Hurricane Sandy, and how we improve in the future. The session will be moderated by Richard Besser, MD, ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor. Speakers include Ali S. Khan, MD, MPH, Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Jerry DeFrancisco, President of Humanitarian Services at the American Red Cross, Marisa Raphael, Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response RADM at the US Public Health Service, US Department of Health and Human Services.
Media may register onsite to attend the conference for a day or select sessions. For a full agenda and more information, or to arrange an on-site interview with any of the above speakers in advance, please contact Claire S. Gould at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media are also encouraged to follow sessions as they happen via Twitter at @PREPSummit and #phps13.
In partnership with NACCHO, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will also provide media and event coverage at their NewPublicHealth blog.
Association of Public Health Laboratories, Association of Schools of Public Health, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, Food and Drug Administration, National Association of County and City Health Officials, Medical Reserve Corps, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
About the National Association of County and City Health Officials
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation's 2,800 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities.