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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.


To increase knowledge on how we are not prepared for disasters (pandemic, terrorism, and infectious diseases), emergency management strategies, HIPAA Privacy Rules, and the role of Homeland Security and other government bodies.

  • Explain why we are not prepared for megadisasters.
  • Describe the role of the Department of Homeland Security in Medical Planning and Response to disaster, epidemic and terrorism.
  • List emergency management strategies for identifying and integrating community resources to expand medical surge capacity.
  • Define how to comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule during emergencies.
  • 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, www.HHPR.org, 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.

Health Affairs, www.HealthAffairs.org, 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 Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), www.JointCommission.org 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.

The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), www.IAEM.com, 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.

The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), www.AAST.org, 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), www.ENA.org, 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.

The World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM) is an international, humanitarian association dedicated to the improvement of disaster and emergency medicine. WADEM fulfills its mission through: academic and research-based education and training, exchange of information, development and maintenance of evidence-based standards of emergency and disaster health care, development of standardized disaster assessment, research and evaluation methodologies; and encouragement of publication and presentation of evidence-based research findings.

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