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Stronger Together: Healthcare Coalitions in Rural and Frontier Areas

Class Details

Natural and man-made emergencies can have complex and devastating effects for any jurisdiction. However, rural and frontier communities face unique challenges to preparing for and responding to potential threats. Healthcare coalitions (HCCs) are multidisciplinary groups that include representatives from public health, emergency management, emergency medical services, hospitals and other community partners. Through the HCC, these organizations are able to enhance jurisdictional preparedness and response capabilities by coordinating planning efforts; creating and sharing resources and best practices; hosting trainings and conducting exercises; and providing technical assistance to enhance stakeholder preparedness programs. In this presentation, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and HCC representatives will provide an overview of the strengths and challenges experienced by rural and frontier HCCs and discuss how these groups work to make their communities more resilient.

Objectives:
Participants will be able to:

  • Describe how healthcare coalitions in rural and frontier areas to support and maintain preparedness.
  • Explain lessons learned, best practices and barriers to healthcare coalitions in rural and frontier areas.
  • Identify strategies to becoming involved with local healthcare coalitions and the benefits to organizations for being a member.

Presenters
Shannon Davis
Senior Program Analyst
National Association of County and City Health Officials

Shannon Davis is a Senior Program Analyst for Environmental Health and Public Health Preparedness Programs for the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in Washington D.C. coordinating technical assistance programs and developing resources that aid local health departments in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from public health emergencies. Prior to joining NACCHO, Shannon spent five years as a Public Health Advisor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leading local, state, and regional public health initiatives in emergency preparedness and response. She spent three years as coordinator for the DC Health and Medical Coalition (HMC) working with healthcare and emergency management representatives to set strategic priorities, assess jurisdictional response capabilities, and establish stakeholder groups.

Devin Hughes, CHEC
Public Health Preparedness
Program Manager
South Eastern Idaho Public Health

Devin Hughes is the Public Health Preparedness Program Manager for Southeastern Idaho Public Health. Previously, Devin served as the Healthcare Liaison and Healthcare Coalition Coordinator for the Southeastern Idaho Region working closely with rural healthcare partners to help them with disaster planning. Devin also has organized several annual conferences that have focused on emergency preparedness for rural healthcare, emergency management and first responders serving coalition members from across the state of Idaho and other states including Utah and Wyoming. Devin also serves as an Operations Section Chief for a regional Incident Management Team in Idaho deploying to local events including a flood event and serving as Area Command during the 2017 Solar Eclipse.

Emily Wegener
Preparedness and Healthy Communities Coordinator
Jefferson County Public Health

Emily Wegener has been the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for 4 years at Jefferson County Public Health in Madras, Oregon. Her previous work experience includes 2 years as a Preparedness and Community Partnerships Coordinator with the American Red Cross. She has chaired the Oregon Region 7 Health Care Preparedness Coalition Steering Committee for 2 years and is an active contributor to the main HCC coalition, as well as several coalition subcommittees. Emily has over a decade of experience building community relationships and partnerships in a variety of settings.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Jan 21, 2020
2:00PM - 3:00PM ET
Continuing Education Credits: 
0

Natural and man-made emergencies can have complex and devastating effects for any jurisdiction. However, rural and frontier communities face unique challenges to preparing for and responding to potential threats. Healthcare coalitions (HCCs) are multidisciplinary groups that include representatives from public health, emergency management, emergency medical services, hospitals and other community partners. Through the HCC, these organizations are able to enhance jurisdictional preparedness and response capabilities by coordinating planning efforts; creating and sharing resources and best practices; hosting trainings and conducting exercises; and providing technical assistance to enhance stakeholder preparedness programs. In this presentation, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and HCC representatives will provide an overview of the strengths and challenges experienced by rural and frontier HCCs and discuss how these groups work to make their communities more resilient.