Conference / Symposium

2021 Disaster Planning Virtual Conference

September 14, 2021 | 7:30AM - September 15, 2021 | 1:00PM PST


COVID-19 brought about unforeseen challenges and solutions, forever changing the face of emergency readiness. With gritty determination and endless perseverance, you demonstrated day in and day out how valuable you are to keeping our communities safe and healthy.

In 2020, emergency services professionals, community partners and health care leaders learned from each other like never before. You took new paths to find solutions, created new protocols, found light at the end of a long tunnel – moving beyond the pandemic.

Join us at this year’s Disaster Planning Conference as we share lessons from 2020 and apply them to the challenges facing 2021.


7:30 – 8:15 a.m. | Virtual Engagement with our Sponsors

8:15 – 9:15 a.m. | Keynote — From Digital to Physical Disaster: The Impact of Ransomware Attacks on Hospitals and Health Systems

John Riggi
Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk
American Hospital Association

John Riggi, senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk at the American Hospital Association, a nationally recognized cybersecurity expert and former FBI cyber senior executive has been on the forefront in directly assisting health care providers as they prepare for, respond to and recover from ransomware attacks. Mr. Riggi will discuss his uniquely informed national perspective on the rash of recent ransomware attacks, identify the groups behind these attacks, how hospitals and health systems have become victimized, and what can be done to prevent these attacks.

Mr. Riggi will also discuss the impact these ransomware attacks have had on large systems and small hospitals — from lost data and revenue to civil and regulatory exposure, loss of community confidence and, most significantly, impact to patient care delivery and risk to patient safety.  

Mr. Riggi will also discuss AHA’s national call to action to the federal government to utilize all elements of national power to “defend forward” and disrupt these ransomware attackers who are being provided safe harbor in adversarial nations. The government has heard the call and responded.

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. | General Session Active Shooter Awareness, Response and Survival Training for All Hospital Staff Members

Michelle Walsh
Security Manager
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center

Active shooter events are on the rise, and emergency management and security officials are increasingly tasked with ways to effectively and safely train hospital workers on how to respond. Ms. Walsh will discuss new methodology of how to tackle the crucial task of training each hospital staff member and department, based on their unique functions within the hospital, as well as with their specific locations on any hospital campus.

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. | Virtual Engagement with our Sponsors

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions (choose one)

  1. Overflowing Morgues: More Lessons from COVID-19
Scott Cossey
Disaster Planner/Surge Coordinator, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital
Kendall Jones, M.Div., MBA-HM, HEM
Director, Environmental Health and Safety,
HCA Healthcare, Riverside Community Hospital
Terry Stone RN, MS, EMS
Emergency Manager, Safety Officer,
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital

This breakout session combines Morgue Management in a Pandemic and Walking with the Dead: A Story from Henry Mayo Hospital.

Experts from a community hospital and a stand-alone acute care facility share stories and describe how the continuity of decedent management is challenged when existing resources are beyond capacity. Quick planning and coordination with the county EMD, county coroner’s office, and local overflow mortuaries, and transportation and storage capacity issues were critical to staying ahead of reaching critical capacity. At the same time, facilities had to manage staff suffering from illness and PTSD due to massive increase of morgue duties. Speakers will demonstrate how employing solutions assures the community that the hospital is still a safe place to receive care. Lessons learned from the presentation will assist health care emergency management personnel in planning for future decedent surges within a hospital morgue.

  1. Charting Employee Needs Through Uncharted Territory

Janet Villalobos, Vice President, HR & Talent Management; Megan Spurling, Manager, Sharp Best Health; Kathryn Riggs, Manager EAP; Tena Abrams, Manager, Workforce Support Services, Sharp HealthCare 

For those in the health care industry, the workforce was front in center in caring for patients during the pandemic. Employers had to quickly refocus and implement workforce strategies, resources and programs to address employee safety, and mental, physical, and financial needs during the pandemic. Sharp HealthCare shares best practices, programs and resources they developed and implemented.

  1. A View Into UC Health’s COVID-19 Command Centers
David Blacksberg
UC San Diego Health/BSI Group
Joe Brothman Director, Facilities, Environmental Health and Safety & Emergency Management,
UC Irvine Health
Kevin Dugan
Director, Emergency Management,
UC San Francisco Health
Kurt Kainsinger Director, Office of Emergency Preparedness,
UCLA Health

Francine Sneddon
UC San Francisco Health
Kristina Spurgeon Emergency Manager, University of California, Davis Health

UC Health Emergency Managers at all five UC Medical Centers were front and center for COVID-19 response, even before it was a leading news story. The EMs are often asked questions like: How did we do this? Did we know this was coming? What are we thinking about now? What is it that you do here, exactly? They would love to share their experiences with you. Join us for a panel presentation with the Emergency Managers from all five University of California Medical Centers.

  1. WRAP-EM Telehealth and COVID-19 Community Regional Response
Mubeen Jafri
Associate Professor, 
Oregon Health & Science University
Karla Lavin Williams, DrPH Southern California Coordinator, Western Region Alliance for Pediatric Emergency Management (WRAP-EM)
James Marcin 
UC Davis
P. Brian Savino, MD, MPH
Director of Prehospital Care, Western Region Alliance for Pediatric Emergency Management (WRAP-EM)

This session is a combination of Community Regional Response to COVID-19 and Telehealth in Pediatric Emergency Management.

The first presentation includes lessons learned and best practices identified through a comprehensive examination of the WRAP-EM community regional response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Attendees will learn about the impact a supportive regional community can have on the positive health outcomes of pediatric patients, their families, health care providers, communities, and beyond.

The second presentation focuses on the WRAP-EM survey of pediatric emergency preparedness experts on telehealth infrastructure and how telehealth was integrated into existing pediatric emergency care. In addition to creating several recommendations for health systems, speakers share the challenges, what worked and lessons learned during the pandemic along with a “telehealth legal playbook” that addresses legal and regulatory barriers to telehealth in pediatric disaster management.

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Break

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | General Session — How to Prepare for The Joint Commission EM Survey Now and in the Future

James Kendig, MS, CHSP, CHCM, HEM
Field Director, Surveyor Management and Development
Accreditation and Certification Operations
The Joint Commission

7:30 – 8:15 a.m. | Virtual Engagement with our Sponsors

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. | Pre-Conference Presentation: Finding the Money. A Process for Cost Recovery

David Blacksberg, Senior Consultant, BSI EHS Solutions

Disasters can be costly; you and your organization can get some help with the financial impact. This presentation will provide attendees with a view of coordination efforts, understanding processes and the integral components to submitting a project to FEMA for potential financial recovery.

8:15 – 9:15 a.m. | Keynote — Becoming Your Own Personal Energy Expert: Managing and Expanding Energy & Excellence

Natalie Johnson, MS
Co-Founder and Chief Visionary Officer
ViDL Solutions

The need to focus on well-being is paramount to enhancing resiliency and creating performance excellence during adversity. This dynamic session encourages attendees to examine elements of purpose, passion, relationships, and vision that contribute to well-being at work and in life.

Ms. Johnson will demonstrate how prioritizing well-being contributes to personal effectiveness, supports teams, and helps achieve organizational outcomes. She will also help you identify and operationalize your best self-vision to use as the foundation for balance and effective decision-making in work and life. Finally, she will teach you how to develop strategies for attending to your physical, emotional, and mental energy so you can show up in alignment with purpose and best serve your communities and families.

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. | General Session COVID-19 Surge: Hospitals Implement Countywide Virtual Bed Management System

Dale Beatty, Chief Nursing Officer, Vice President, Patient Care Services, Stanford Health Care; Meenesh Bhimani, On-Site Administrator, Hospital Executive, O’Connor Hospital; Jo Coffaro, Regional Vice President, Hospital Council – Northern & Central California; Dolly Goel, Chief Clinical Managed Cared Officer, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center; Jim Griffith, Chief Operating Officer, El Camino Health, Mountain View; Ahmad Kamal, Director, Healthcare System Preparedness, County of Santa Clara; and Alison Kerr, RN, MSN, Vice President, Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Operations, Stanford Health Care

Hospitals need to be ready for any disaster with effective surge management strategies and tools. In Santa Clara County, the hospitals responded to a critical COVID-19 patient surge by coming together and creating a framework for a countywide Virtual Bed Management System. Hospital COOs will share the Smart Sheet tool developed to share confidential information and to allow for rapid assessment of each hospitals’ daily status, and will share insights on how this tool was used to expedite decision making to tackle immediate concerns, including patient transfers and level loading. The County EOC’s Hospital Preparedness Coordinator will highlight the multiple lines of communication between hospitals and county leadership during the surge.

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. | Virtual Engagement with our Sponsors

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions (choose one)

  1. Revisions to The Annual Coalition Surge Test (CST) Exercise

Kevin Sheehan, Captain, U.S. Public Health Service, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), National Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), Region IX

The CST is an evacuation-based exercise and is one of the required activities that Healthcare Coalitions (HCCs) must participate in as members of the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP).

Although the CST is an annual requirement, HPP waived this requirement for the last two years due to COVID. HPP requires HCCs to conduct the CST exercise this year. The purpose of the CST exercise is to foster coordination, collaboration, and communication among HCC partners. 

At the suggestion of many partners, including hospitals, healthcare associations, and HCC members, HPP staff, with the help of numerous SMEs, revised the CST exercise. This session provides the opportunity to learn more about the upcoming revisions, ask questions and receive explanations.

  1. What About Right of Boom? The Medical Surge Following a Radiological/Nuclear MCI
Susan Aitkens Project Coordinator, California Department of Public Health
Michelle Heckle, HSEM Division Commander Director, Homeland Security, University of California, San Francisco
Kenneth Luke
Director, Security & Emergency, Mercy Medical Center Redding
Sauda Yerabati, MPH
Emergency Preparedness Program Manager, California Department of Health

Right of Boom refers to impacts following a radiological/nuclear explosion which is in the Medical and Health domain. An improvised nuclear detonation (IND) is the highest impact terrorism event. It also has the highest potential for saving lives, hundreds of thousands of lives. Yet medical and health preparedness activities rarely address radiological emergencies and the unique attributes of radiological exposure and contamination. Hospitals and local jurisdictions that plan for medical surge of contaminated patients will save thousands of lives without endangering their workforce or disrupting other operations.

  1. Crisis Standards of Care
Hugh Black, MD
Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and Neurological Surgery Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of California, Davis
Kristina Spurgeon Emergency Manager, University of California, Davis Health

UC Davis Health took a very unique approach to Crisis Standards of Care, perhaps the most difficult topic to plan for in any setting. What is a hospital supposed to do when there are not enough resources to go around in a disaster? How do you have these conversations? Who should be involved? The first answer: everyone. Consensus is key, and paramount. Please join us to learn how UCDH convened a group of physicians, bioethicists, communications specialists, and disaster planners to work through this incredibly arduous topic.

  1. Physician Redeployment During Three COVID-19 Surges

Mary Meyer, MD
Emergency Medicine
Kaiser Permanente

Between March 2020 and March 2021, Northern California experienced three COVID-19 surges, each one sequentially larger than the last. Each of these surges had the potential to strain traditional physician staffing, and so a centralized physician redeployment program was developed across the 21 medical centers of Kaiser Permanente Northern California to address potential shortages. The program developed and refined a number of redeployment strategies, including leveraging the interconnectedness of physicians within the KP Northern California health care system. This presentation focuses on the strategies used to redeploy physicians, as well as the training and mental health support provided by the program.

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Break

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | General Session — Supply Chain Management: Getting Supplies, Creative Solutions, and Long-Term Planning

Susanna Shaw Director, Environmental Safety and Security,
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
Noel Skaling Director,
Supply Chain Management, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
Kristen Tufvesson
Vice President, Finance,
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

COVID-19 brought forth so many unprecedented challenges in health care, and along with it was the worldwide demand for supplies. PPE was a scarcity with suppliers unable to fulfill the increased demand. Cottage Health will share some of its strategies that allowed it to be successful in ensuring PPE for staff across its three hospitals, laboratory, and urgent care centers. Presenters will also share ongoing measures still in effect and strategies currently being implemented to prepare for the future.

Speaker Bios

Joe Brothman
Director, Facilities, Environmental Health, and Safety, & Emergency Management
UCI Health
In his current role, Joe Brothman manages UCI Health’s facilities management programs, central plant operations, staff safety programs, and emergency management activities for the organization. Mr. Brothman joined UCI Health after overseeing emergency management, safety, and facility management programs at multiple hospitals and trauma centers in Orange County. He is President of the Orange County Chapter of the California Society for Healthcare Engineers and a member of the California Hospital Associations emergency management oversight committee. Additionally, he is a Terrorism Liaison Officer and Infrastructure Liaison Officer through the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center.

Kevin Dugan, MS, MPH, CHPCP
Director of Emergency Management
UCSF Health
Mr. Dugan oversees the development and implementation of the Health System’s emergency management responsibilities at its hospitals and ambulatory care sites across the Bay Area. Prior to his current position, he served as a Site Director of Emergency Management for the Mount Sinai Health System. In this role, he led emergency management activities at several different hospitals and ambulatory care locations throughout the greater New York City area. Before more directly joining the field of emergency management, Mr. Dugan worked as a hospital administrator across multiple different service lines.

Kendall Jones
Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Riverside Community Hospital (RCH), Riverside, CA
As the hospital Safety Officer for RCH, Mr. Jones has oversight over The Joint Commission’s six chapters of the Environment of Care and Emergency Management. He is also responsible for the hospital’s security, telecommunications, morgue, and lobby desks visitor management/COVID screening departments and programs. Mr. Jones is coordinating over 21 on-campus construction projects for RCH including an ER Addition and Expansion, NICU Addition and Expansion, Medical Steam Addition, and a Card Access System Upgrade. In Emergency Management, he has lead, coordinated, and developed tabletop, functional, and full-scale exercises for hospital and county disaster drills.

Kurt Kainsinger
Director, Office of Emergency Preparedness
UCLA Health
Kurt Kainsinger has been the Director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness at UCLA Health since 2012. Prior to this position, Mr. Kainsinger served in the role of Disaster Resource Center Manager since 2007. Before UCLA Health, he worked for the UCLA Police Department, where he was an Emergency Medical Technician for the campus 9-1-1 response ambulance from 1998 to 2002, and the Emergency Medical Services Manager from 2002-2007. Additionally, he is currently a member of the Los Angeles County Disaster Coalition Advisory Committee, as well as the California Hospital Association Emergency Management Advisory Committee.

James Kendig, MS, CHSP, CHCM, HEM
Field Director, Surveyor Management and Development
Accreditation and Certification Operations
The Joint Commission

James Kendig is the Field Director for the Life Safety Code Surveyors/Engineers at The Joint Commission. In this role, he oversees half (approximately 40) of the surveyor cadre who specialize in surveying The Joint Commission’s life safety, environment of care, and emergency management standards.

Previously, Mr. Kendig also served as a Joint Commission Life Safety Code Surveyor. Prior to joining The Joint Commission, he was a Vice President and Safety Officer for a four-hospital system in Florida on the “Space Coast”.

Mr. Kendig maintains certifications as a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional, Certified Hazard Control Manager, Certified Healthcare Environmental Manager, and is a licensed Healthcare Risk Manager. He serves on the faculty of the University of Central Florida’s Licensed Risk Management Program.

Karla Lavin Williams, DrPH
Southern California Coordinator
Western Regional Alliance for Pediatric Emergency Management (WRAP-EM)

Karla Lavin Williams, DrPH serves as the Southern California Coordinator for the Western Regional Alliance for Pediatric Emergency Management (WRAP-EM). Karla Williams healthcare industry background spans over 25 years where she has skillfully held a variety of positions in innovative solutions for surge capacity, advanced emergency medical response, integrated technologies and systems, mass casualty and disaster prevention administration, public health, health administration, health education, and executive and wellness coaching. Ms. Williams is also a full-time faculty member and Program Director for the Healthcare Administration Program at Loma Linda University located in Southern California.

James P. Marcin, MD, MPH, FAAP, FATA
UC Davis

Dr. Marcin has served on several committees, including the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Telehealth Advisory Committee, the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Pediatric Workforce, and the Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center Telehealth Advisory Council. In addition to his clinical work in the Pediatric ICU, Dr. Marcin conducts research and advocacy on issues related to access and quality of care, particularly as they relate to telehealth and children with special health care needs and acutely ill and injured children in rural communities.

John Riggi
Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk
American Hospital Association

John Riggi is the first Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk for the American Hospital Association and their 5000+ member hospitals. John leverages his nearly 30 years with the FBI and CIA in the investigation and disruption of cyber threats, international organized crime and terrorist organizations to assist on policy and advocacy issues. His trusted access to hospital leadership and government agencies enhances John’s national perspective and ability to provide uniquely informed risk advisory services.

P. Brian Savino, MD, MPH
Director, Prehospital Care
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Dr. Savino finished his emergency medicine residency at Michigan State University and went on to complete a fellowship in EMS medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He is dual boarded in both Emergency Medicine and EMS. Currently, he serves in the role of Exercise group lead for the Western Regional Alliance for Pediatric Emergency Management (WRAP-EM).

Kristina Spurgeon
Emergency Manager
UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
Ms. Spurgeon has over 17 years of health care experience currently serving in a Level 1 Trauma and Pediatric care specialty center.  Her primary focus is on overall system readiness, specifically on training people up with the tools they need to walk into any command center for any event, ready to go. Ms. Spurgeon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Public Health from San Francisco State.

Megan Spurling
Sharp Best Health
Ms. Spurling has been a part of the Sharp Best Health team since 2011. In this role, she is responsible for developing and deploying programs, educational resources, strategic health interventions, and environmental changes to improve and support the health and well-being of the 19,000 team members which make up Sharp HealthCare. She received her Six Sigma Green Belt in the fall of 2020.

Michelle Walsh
Security Manager
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center

In her current role, Ms. Walsh oversees hospital compliance and training. She has over 20 years of experience in leadership, team building, and organizational development. For more than 10 years, she has led active shooter awareness, response, and survival training to thousands of community members and hospital staff members. She is an active Tactical Combat Casualty Care Provider with NAEMT and is a member of Special Operations Medicine. Ms. Walsh formally worked as a hospital compliance coordinator and Manager of Emergency Management & Public Safety at Victor Valley Global Medical Center.

Jo Coffaro
Regional Vice President
Hospital Council
Northern & Central California
Jo joined the Hospital Council as Regional Vice President for the South Bay region in 2010. She previously served as Local Government Relations Manager at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital for six years. In addition, she spent five years as the Senior Legislative Aide for the Vice Mayor of the City of San Jose. She has 20 years of experience in government relations with a focus on state and local issues.

Jo serves on several healthcare and non-healthcare boards and committees throughout the region. She convenes meetings with member hospitals, elected officials, government agencies, and community partners with the goal of improving lives in our community. The Silicon Valley Business Journal recognized Jo’s accomplishments with a Women of Influence award in 2013.

Michelle Heckle, HSEM Division Commander
Director, Homeland Security
University of California, San Francisco
Coming from the health care industry, Ms Heckle has served in Emergency Management for the last 36 years. She is distinguished in her role in championing pediatric disaster management and serves as a subject matter expert in pediatric and hospital disaster response. She often supports the department during emergency activations by serving as Law Enforcement Liaison. Ms. Heckle is also a Certified Health Care Emergency Professional, CERT T4 Instructor, and AHA Heartsaver Instructor. Outside of her role with UCSF, she serves as City of Lafayette Emergency Preparedness Commissioner.

Natalie Johnson, MS
Co-Founder and Chief Visionary Officer
ViDL Solutions

Natalie Johnson is a co-founder of ViDL Solutions. She serves as the company’s Chief Visionary Officer and oversees business development, strategy and innovation. Additionally, she works directly with clients, providing consulting, training and coaching services. 

Ms. Johnson is an industry-recognized Performance Coach, a sought-after keynote speaker, a certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator and a certified coach with the Wellcoaches™ organization. she has worked with numerous large, global organizations such as Johnson & Johnson and Deloitte as well as with the United States Airforce and Department of Defense.

Alison Kerr, RN, MSN
Vice President, Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Operations
Stanford Health Care
Alison Kerr, RN, MSN, joined Stanford University Medical Center, September 1991 as a clinical nurse, and has risen through the ranks of hospital leadership to her current role as Chief Administrative Officer, Operations, and Vice President of the Neuroscience Service and Orthopaedic Surgery Destination Service Lines. In her role as CAO, she has additional operational responsibility for the Emergency Room (adult and pediatric), Pathology/lab services, Stanford Blood Center, Level 1 trauma and Stroke programs, Pharmacy Services, and Office of Emergency Management.

Mary C. Meyer, MD, MPH
Emergency Medicine Physician
Medical Director, Emergency Management
Kaiser Permanente Northern California
Ms. Meyer is a veteran of multiple disaster events, including California wildfires, the COVID pandemic, Ebola patients-under-investigation, IT disruptions, international and domestic disaster relief operations, power outages, measles investigations, and patient-initiated violence. She participated in the evacuation of Kaiser Santa Rosa during the KP NCAL response to the North Bay Fires and a multi-agency disaster relief response during the Camp Fire of Butte County.

Susanna Shaw
Director, Environmental Safety and Security
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
Ms. Shaw uses her background in environmental health to protect and provide for the safety of employees, patients, and visitors at three Cottage Health hospitals in Santa Barbara County, the largest of which is Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital (SBCH), a Level 1 Trauma center licensed for 519 beds. Overseeing security, emergency management, and environment of care, Ms. Shaw partners with local community agencies to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and leads major initiatives that improve the overall safety of her organization. At the onset of COVID, she was responsible for setting upsurge tents outside of each of the three hospitals, as well as updating surge plans, leading to planning for and setting up five COVID cohort units at SBCH.

Captain Kevin P. Sheehan, M.P.H., M.B.A., CIH, CSP, REHS
Field Project Officer, National Healthcare Preparedness Program
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
Region IX, San Francisco, CA
CAPT Kevin Sheehan is Commissioned Officer in the United States Public Health Service and is currently assigned to the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) as the Field Project Officer for HHS Region IX. CAPT Sheehan offers technical assistance, and grant guidance to 11 separate HPP recipients. Since 2015, he has provided fiscal grant management oversight to more than $200 million in federal HPP funds to improve healthcare preparedness and response for emergencies and infectious disease outbreaks. He supports the following jurisdictions in HHS Region IX: American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Los Angeles County, Nevada, Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Kristina Spurgeon
Emergency Manager
UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
Ms. Spurgeon has over 17 years of health care experience currently serving in a Level 1 Trauma and Pediatric care specialty center.  Her primary focus is on overall system readiness, specifically on training people up with the tools they need to walk into any command center for any event, ready to go. Ms. Spurgeon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Public Health from San Francisco State.

Sauda Yerabati, MPH
Emergency Preparedness Program Manager
California Department of Public Health, Center for Environmental Health
Sauda Yerabati leads the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Program at the Center for Environmental Health (CEH). CEH administers programs that protect and manage food, drug, medical devices, and radiation sources, regulate medical waste, and provide laboratory testing to assure safe drinking water, investigate food outbreaks and conduct diagnostic testing to determine human exposure to chemical threats.


*Members: $0 (no tuition fee)
Associate Members and Government Entities: $295
**Nonmembers: $375

While this event is free for CHA members you must register to attend. Multiple staff can participate from one location for one tuition fee. Tuition includes all conference materials including CEs

*Members are CHA member hospitals. **Nonmembers are limited to non-hospital health care providers, clinics, post-acute facilities, and consultants, insurance companies, law firms and other entities that serve hospitals. Education programs and publications are a membership benefit and are not available to eligible non-member California hospitals.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing seven or more days prior to the scheduled event and emailed to [email protected].
No refunds will be given after these dates. Substitutions are encouraged. Cancellation and substitution notification may be emailed to [email protected].
In the unlikely event that the program is cancelled, refunds will be issued to paid registrants within 30 days.

Special Accommodations

If you require special accommodations pursuant to the American’s with Disabilities Act please call (916) 552-7637.

Continuing Education

Full attendance and completion of the online evaluation and attestation of attendance are required to receive CEs for this virtual conference and, when required, include your professional license number. CE certificates will be emailed. (Amount of CE offered subject to change.)

The Compliance Certification Board (CCB)® has approved this event for up to 10.2 live CCB CEUs based on a 50-minute hour. Continuing Education Units are awarded based on individual attendance records. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by CCB of this event content or of the event sponsor.

CHA is authorized to award 8.5 hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education credit for this program toward advancement, or recertification, in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program who wish to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit must self-report their participation. To self-report, participants must log into their MyACHE account and select ACHE Qualified Education Credit.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider CEP #11924, for up to 10.2 conference contact hours.

Application has been made to the American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM) to award continuing education toward the fullfillment of FASHRM (Fellow), DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow), and CPHRM (Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management) renewal.

Conference Committee

Mary Massey, BSN, MA, CHEP, PHN, Vice President, Emergency Management, California Hospital Association

Tony Barker, MSHS, Area Emergency Manager, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Office of Emergency Management

Tim Beringer, Director of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management, Eisenhower Health

Ryan Burgess, RN, MSN, Hospital Preparedness Coordinator, Hospital Association of Southern California, and Prehospital Care Coordinator Administrative Nurse II, UCLA Medical Center

Sharon Carlson, Director, Emergency Preparedness, Sharp HealthCare

Camile Collins, Emergency Preparedness Specialist, UCLA Medical Center

Susan M. Fitzgerald, MD, Emergency Management Physician Lead, Santa Rosa Medical Center

Nicola Harwood, Emergency Preparedness Coordintor, St. Joseph, Orange

Lois Husted, RN, Emergency Preparedness Officer, Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Monique Imroth, MEP, Director, Emergency Preparedness/Response, UC San Diego Health System

Connie Lackey, RN, Director, Emergency Preparedness, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center

Valerie Lakey, Director, Public Relations/PIO/Safety Disaster Co-Coordinator, Mayers Memorial Hospital District

Mark Shirley, MS, CSP, CHMM, Environmental Risk Consultant, Sutter Valley Hospitals

Kristina Spurgeon, Emergency Manager, University of California, Davis Health

Ryan Tuchmayer, Associate Director, Disaster Preparedness & Response, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Matthew Washburn, Disaster Coordinator & Safety Officer, Orchard Hospital


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