Submitted on Tue, 2014-07-08
By Carl Brewer

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5 Reasons For Emergency Managers to Be Excited for NACCHO 2014

From July 8th - 10th, the nation’s leading local health officials will gather in Atlanta for this year’s Annual NACCHO conference to discuss a myriad of issues facing public health. With a focus on utilizing science, technology, and policy to achieve their goals, this year’s NACCHO conference is all about innovation and moving into the next generation for public health. While the focus for most of the conference is on more effectively running a local health department, there sessions that will be focused on innovating emergency preparedness and response at the local level.

Here are the 5 sessions from NACCHO 2014 that emergency management professionals are not going to want to miss:


1. Responding to Outbreaks of Healthcare-Associated Infections: A Table-Top Exercise for Local Health Departments

This workshop led by the CDC will help local health departments form the partnerships critical to investigating and responding to outbreaks, and limiting their further spread throughout the population.

  • Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 12 – 3pm
  • Lilly Kan, DrPH, MA, Senior Analyst, NACCHO, Washington, DC
  • Rachel Kossover, Health Scientist, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion’s Prevention and Response Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
  • Joseph Perz, DrPH, Team Leader,  CDC/NCEZID/DHQP

2. Developing Ethical Standards to Improve Local Response Capacity to Infectious Disease Events

Recent research has suggested a troubling gap in the willingness to respond to infectious disease outbreaks amongst local health department staff. This session will help develop guidelines to improve responses.

  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 2:30 – 3pm
  • Lainie Rutkow, JD, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
  • Holly Taylor, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

3. Building Local Capacity to Address the Health Equity Implications of Climate Change: A case study of public health involvement in sustainability and adaptation planning

Learn more about how local health departments can do more to prepare for potential disasters related to climate change.

  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 3:15 – 3:45pm
  • Sandi Galvez, MSW, Executive Director, Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII), Oakland, CA

4. When It Comes to Closed PODs, Size Doesn’t Matter, Results Do

Leaders from three health departments across the country give actionable advice on how to set up a network of closed points of delivery (PODs) in the event of a bioterrorist attack.

  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 4 – 5:30pm
  • John Anthony, BS MT(ASCP) CIC, Emergency Preparedness Manager St Louis County Department of Health, St. Louis County Department of Health, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Emily Gore, None, Manager, Public Health Preparedness Division, Dallas County Health and Human Services, Dallas, TX
  • Sonia Marie Robinson, BS Health Science, Public Health Educator/Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Oswego County Health Department, Oswego, N.Y.

5. DuPage County Health Department Restaurant-Associated Foodborne Illness Outbreak Management

Learn more about how a local health department in Illinois was able to make its response to two foodborne illness outbreaks more efficient.

  • Thursday, July 10, 2014, 8 – 9am
  • Matt Fullam, BS, LEHP, Environmental Health Supervisor, DuPage County Health Department, Wheaton, IL
  • Elizabeth Murphy, MPH, CIC, Communicable Disease and Epidemiology Program Manager, DuPage County Health Department, Wheaton, IL

We firmly believe that the best response to an emergency is a cohesive and coordinated response from all levels. It’s a great idea to learn more about what local health departments are doing to innovate their response. Learn more by downloading our whitepaper series on “Implementing the National Health Strategy” authored by former Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Dr. Craig Vanderwagen, M.D., RADM, USPHS (Retired), or stop by booth #1 at NACCHO to meet the Upp team.

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