WHA Emergency Preparedness Conference, September 20 in Madison

June 16, 2017

On September 20, WHA is sponsoring a one-day conference designed for hospital emergency preparedness directors, emergency department directors and physicians, infection prevention staff, department directors, public relations professionals and public information officers.

“WHA Emergency Preparedness Conference: Ready to Respond” will feature national experts who will share communication and preparedness lessons learned from real world events and focus on current threats facing health care organizations, including workplace and community violence and highly infectious diseases. Attendees will have the opportunity to collect strategies to enhance their current emergency management programs, practice them through interactive exercises, and integrate those preparedness and communication strategies into daily operations.

Vincent Covello, PhD, will keynote the conference and offer a deep-dive session in the afternoon specifically for public information officers and health care public relations professionals. Covello is a nationally and internationally recognized trainer, researcher, consultant and expert in crisis, conflict, change and risk communications. Covello will share principles, strategies and practical tools for communicating effectively in a high stress situation. 

Chris Sonne and William Castellano, both of HSS EM Solutions, will share best practices and lessons learned from live active shooter scenarios, as well as direct tabletop exercises and a practical, scenario-based training exercise during a special afternoon session focused on preparing for an active shooter. 

Additional sessions include a look at infectious disease outbreaks and what hospitals can do to better prepare, as well as the role of governmental agencies, including the Department of Health Services and the Department of Public Health during an emergency.

This conference is scheduled September 20 at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison. The full event agenda and online registration are available at www.cvent.com/d/b5qw08. An event brochure is included in this week’s packet as well. Seating is limited—WHA highly recommends registering early.

This story originally appeared in the June 16, 2017 edition of WHA Newsletter