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Stronger Together: Aligning Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities to Protect Our Communities


 

 Contact: Jacqueline Bond
(301) 280-5746
Jbond@burnesscommunications.com

 
Stronger Together: Aligning Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities to Protect Our Communities

Preparing and Responding to Mass Casualty Events Are A Key Focus of Upcoming Summit

Washington, D.C. (March 27, 2014) –

Over 1,500 leaders from local, state, and federal public health and healthcare will attend the 2014 Preparedness Summit at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia, from April 1-4. This year's theme is "Stronger Together: Aligning Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities to Protect Our Communities." The keynote speaker is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheri Fink, who will share insights from her latest book, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm Ravaged Hospital, a compelling account of her landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Prominent Summit sessions will focus on the long-term effects of mass casualty events, such as Super Storm Sandy and the Oklahoma City and Boston Marathon bombings.

Summit attendees will also hear from current and former senior Administration officials, academics, and industry experts in the fields of public health and safety as they explore links between emergency preparedness and response, and important areas of interest, such as the preparedness impacts of the Affordable Care Act, children's mental health, and disaster response for vulnerable populations.

Highlighted sessions include:

·Innovative Efforts and Collaborations to Advance MCM Preparedness and Response

In 2009, President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing a federal, interagency capability to plan and prepare for the timely provision of medical countermeasures in the event of a biological attack. Administration officials will discuss what they are doing to collaborate with state and local health departments on preparedness and response. Speakers include:

  • Susan Coller-Monarez, PhD, Director for Medical Preparedness Policy, National Security Council, Executive Office of the President
  • Richard Hatchett, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Director for Strategic Sciences, US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
  • Sally Phillips, RN, PhD, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Health Affairs

·The Long Road to Recovery: Rebuilding a Community After Disaster

Communities that have experienced large-scale mass casualty events like the Boston Marathon Bombing, Super Storm Sandy and the Oklahoma City Bombing face long-term challenges. Session speakers will reflect on the challenges and the public-private efforts it takes to recover from these disasters.Speakers include:

  • Erica Lowry, MSW, Senior Director, Sandy Long-Term Recovery, American Red Cross
  • Atyia Martin, MPS, EMT-B., Director Boston Public Health Commission Office of Public Health Preparedness
  • John Tassey, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences, University of Oklahoma
  • Clayton Williams, MPH, Chief Operating Officer, Partnership for Advancing Total Health/Louisiana Public Health Institute

Media may register onsite to attend the conference for a day or select sessions. For a full agenda, please visit preparednesssummit.org/schedule/scheduler/. For more information, or to arrange an on-site interview with any of the above speakers in advance, please contact Jacqueline Bond at Jbond@burnesscommunications.com.

Media are also encouraged to follow sessions as they happen via Twitter at @PREPSummit and #PS14.

In partnership with the NACCHO, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will also provide media and event coverage at their NewPublicHealth blog.

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Summit Partners
American Hospital Association, American Red Cross, Association of Public Health Laboratories, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, Food and Drug Administration, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Association of Community Health Centers, 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. For more information about NACCHO, please visit www.naccho.org.