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An extraordinary confluence of events, both environmental and geopolitical, have coalesced to create a heightened risk of natural disaster, epidemic and terrorism in the United States. The National Emergency Management Summit seeks to assess these risks and articulate practical approaches to strategies of planning, response and recovery.

  • Analyze the risks involved with emergency management including natural disasters, terrorism and bioterrorism, and infectious disease, including pandemics in the United States.
  • Describe the lessons learned for emergency managers during 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Oklahoma City, the Northridge earthquake, and the anthrax letters scare.
  • Assess the role of FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services in medical planning and response to disasters, epidemics and terrorism.
  • Identify and name best practices in medical planning and response to disasters, epidemics, and terrorism for hospitals, physician organizations and health plans.
  • Recognize the special problems raised by implementing emergency preparedness plans for racially and ethnically diverse communities.
  • Establish alternatives for mechanisms of disaster triage: from planning to implementation and analysis.
  • List strategies for compliance with JCAHO requirements and guidelines for disaster readiness.
  • Outline performance metrics in healthcare emergency preparedness.
  • Analyze mental health issues raised by disasters and responsive strategies.
  • Explain state and federal legal mandates in emergency response.
  • Present ways of using health plan data as part of the arsenal against bioterrorism and epidemics.
  • Define the role of information technology in support of disaster response.
  • Specify methods for preparing nurses for medical disaster response.
  • Discuss effective methods for disaster management and response to suicide bombing.
  • Outline lessons learned from a worldwide perspective on emergency management.
  • Employer and Health Plan Emergency Management Coordinators
  • Hospital and Physician Emergency Management Coordinators
  • Health Plan, Hospital and Physician Organization Executives and Senior Managers
  • Clinicians, including Physicians, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals
  • Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Biotechnology Company Emergency Managers
  • First Responder Management, including EMT, Paramedics and HAZMAT Crews
  • Emergency Management Personnel
  • Federal, State and Local Emergency Management Officials
  • Federal Agencies, including HSC, DHS, FEMA, DoD, DHHS, VA, DoA, DoT, ARC, etc.
  • Military, Police and Fire Department Emergency Management Leaders
  • Corporate Business Continuity Managers
  • Vendors and Consulting Firms with Products, Services and Solutions to Assist in Disaster, Epidemic and Terrorism Planning, Response and Recovery

The Harvard Health Policy Review,, is dedicated to broadening awareness of health policy issues. HHPR aims to educate people about healthcare policy and to stimulate thinking about the pressing health care questions facing the nation and the world. The HHPR is published by Exploring Policy in Health Care at Harvard (EPIHC), an organization of Harvard undergraduates whose main purpose is to encourage discussion of health policy issues on the Harvard campus. The HHPR is supported by the University-wide Interfaculty Initiative in Health Policy.

Health Affairs,, is the leading journal of health policy thought and research. Health Affairs is a multidisciplinary journal covering a wide range of health issues. Topics covered include: access to care, health spending, quality, Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drug coverage and costs, physician practice, nursing trends, mental health, malpractice and health law, insurance reform, hospitals, global health, and disparities in health care, among others. Health Affairs is frequently cited by national media, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, network television and radio, and National Public Radio. The January 12, 2005 The Washington Post cited Health Affairs as "the bible of health policy."

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), evaluates and accredits nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nations predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. The Joint Commission requires that all covered organizations have an emergency management program (also known as a disaster plan) so that patient/resident/client care can be continued effectively in the event of an emergency situations. Health care organizations that offer emergency services or are designated as disaster receiving stations must have an emergency management plan that addresses both external and internal disasters.

The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM),, is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the goals of saving lives and protecting property during emergencies and disasters. The vision of IAEM is to be recognized as a premier international organization of emergency management professionals. The mission of IAEM is to serve its members by providing information, networking and professional opportunities, and to advance the emergency management profession.

Established in 1926, the Louisiana Hospital Association,, is a not-for-profit association representing all types of hospitals and healthcare systems throughout the state. LHA carries out its mission by providing services and resources to members through advocacy, education, research, representation and communication. The mission of the Louisiana Hospital Association is to support its members through advocacy, education and services. Operational and financial products and services are offered to the LHA membership through ShareCor, a joint venture with the Metropolitan Hospital Council of New Orleans.

The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST),, seeks to improve the care of trauma patients through education and research. AAST promotes the exchange of scientific information regarding all phases of the care of the trauma patient.

The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA),, is the national Association for professional nurses dedicated to the advancement of emergency nursing practice. ENA assists all nurses in emergency care settings and related fields in understanding the function, importance and impact of the role of emergency nurses through its professional publications, legislative updates and public relations activities regarding emergency nursing issues. ENA monitors and addresses federal and state legislation affecting emergency nursing health care and practice through its networking system of chapters, state councils, national committees and a legislative consulting service.

The World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM) is an international, humanitarian association dedicated to the improvement of disaster and emergency medicine. Fostering international collaboration, the organization is inclusive, culturally sensitive, unbiased, ethical and dynamic in its approach. the organization fulfills its mission through: Facilitation of academic and research-based education and training; Interpretation and exchange of information through its global network of members and publications; Development and maintenance of evidence-based standards of emergency and disaster health care and provision of leadership concerning their integration into practice; Coordination of data collection and provision of direction in the development of standardized disaster assessment, research and evaluation methodologies; and Encouragement of publication and presentation of evidence-based research findings in scientific publications and international conferences and congresses.

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