Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health     Achieving Global Health Security

2018 Annual Meeting

Advancing the Discipline: Preparedness for Nuclear/Radiation Events, Proposed Regional Disaster Health Response System, Workforce Development for Large Scale Disasters and Public Health Emergencies

October 31, 2018 

 Kaiser Family Foundation,  Barbara Jordan Conference Center

 1330 G Street, NW. Washington, DC 20005

1330 G Street, NW | Washington, DC 20005

Agenda – Day 1

8:00 am Continental Breakfast – Registration

8:45 – 9:00           Welcome introductions

9:00 – 10:00          Keynote Address I – National Biodefense Strategy

Speaker:  Robert Kadlec, MD  - Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)

Note: 30 minutes have been set aside to allow Dr. Kadlec to take questions directly from the attendees.

10:00 – 10:15 Break

10:15 – 11:45 Session 1: Citizen Preparedness for Nuclear/Radiation Events

                                    Panel 1

Moderator:   James Blumenstock, MA 


Gerald White, PhD (Training and Tools for Radiological Emergency Preparedness)

Kelly Klein, MD (Radiation, preparing for the glow that you can’t see)

John F. Koerner, MPH, CIH (What Do I Do? Decision Making and Preparedness for Citizens Following a Nuclear Detonation)

Regina Hawkins, MPH (Medical and Public Health Preparedness for a Nuclear Incident: Through an Organization Lens)

Cham Dallas, MS, PhD (Modeling for nuclear events to project population and healthcare asset vulnerability across four major US cities)


11:30 – 11:45      Q & A


11:45 – 12: 30 pm Lunch

12:30 – 1:00 Keynote Address II – National Health Care Workforce Development for Disaster and Public Health Emergency Response

Speaker: Tener Veenema, PhD, MPH, MS, RN, FAAN 

1:15   – 2:45 Session 1 (continued): Citizen Preparedness for Nuclear/Radiation Events

Panel 2

                                  Moderator – Cham Dallas, MS, PhD


Ray Swienton, MD (Nuclear and radiological disaster casualty management: A multi-national global initiative)

Lindsay Flax, MD, MSc (Nuclear and radiological casualty care: A decision-tree for health professionals) 

Emberlynn Liang Liu, MD (Nuclear and radiological casualty care:  How to adapt standards of care to empower the at-risk public in our communities) 

Angie Bowen, BSN, RN, CPEN, NRP, IC (The Role of REAC/TS in Radiation Incidents)

Yanmei Zhao, PhD (Medical preparedness and response to nuclear and radiological emergency)

2:30 – 2:45            Q & A

2:45 – 3:00            Break

3:00 – 4:30 Session 2 - Proposed Regional Disaster Health Response System (RDHRS)

Moderator – Melissa Harvey, RN, MSPH  (ASPR’s RDHRS initiative to leverage existing programs, i.e. HPP, NDMS, to create a more capable disaster healthcare system to better meet the health care needs of the public in a disaster)


Shawn Metzner, AS (Regional Healthcare Coalition Response) 

Arthur Cooper, MD, MS (Pediatric Disaster Healthcare Services:  Regionalization or Centralization?  The New York City Experience)

Donald Donahue, DHEd, MBA, MSJ, FACHE, FRSPH (Minding the Gap: Challenges in Effective Regional Response Coordination)

Craig DeAtley, PA-C ((National Capital Region Approach to Disaster Response)

4:15 – 4:30  Q & A

4:30 – 5:00  Wrap-up

Hotel – Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001. 

Arrangements have been made to provide attendees a special meeting rate of $269 per night. Phone(202) 582-1234Registration link.

Day 2 - APHA Headquarters - 

 November 1, 2018 – APHA Headquarters, 800 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

8:30 am                       Registration – continental breakfast

8:40                               Welcome, Introductions to SDMPH Board of Directors

8:45 – 9:50               Late Breaking

Hurricane Florence medical deployment to New Bren, North Carolina

Moderator: Shawn Metzner, Eastern Virginia Healthcare Coalition

9:50 - 10:00               Break

10:00 – 11:00             Storms, Tides, and Sea Level Rise Combine for Future Floods

Special Presentation by John Englander, Oceanographer and leading expert on sea level rise

11:00 – 11:30  DMPHP Journal Presentations, Cambridge University Press

                                        James J James – (Pacific, Europe, University liaisons)

  11:30 – 1:00           Society Open Forum - Reimaging SDMPH

Transition to permanent BOD 

Appointment of First SDMPH President


      2019 Meetings (Puerto Rico, Fall Meeting

                                        James J James and Eric Weinstein           

  1:00 - 1:30             Break

 1:30 – 2:30                 DMPHP Editorial Board Meeting

 2:30 – 3:30                  SDMPH Board Meeting


Participants can earn continuing education contact hour credits in Nursing (CNE), and Medicine (CME for physicians and non-physicians) during the SDMPH 4thAnnual Meeting 2018. One continuing education credit is earned for every 60 minutes of educational content. The maximum is 5.0 credits.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) - The American Public Health Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to approve continuing medical education for physicians.

Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) - The APHA/PHN Section is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

SDMPH 4th Annual Meeting 2018: Continuing Education Required Disclosures:

Overall Purpose:

Advancing the Discipline: Preparedness for Nuclear/Radiation Events, Proposed Regional Disaster Health Response System, and Workforce Development for Large Scale Disasters and Public Health Emergencies

Activity Objectives:

Describe challenges and opportunities for preparing for a nuclear/radiation incident in the current threat environment

Explain citizen preparedness for nuclear/radiological incidents

Summarize the medical response to nuclear/radiological incidents

Describe the proposed Regional Disaster Health Response System (RDHRS).

Identify the strategies for developing a national health care workforce that is prepared, ready and willing for disaster and large-scale public health emergency response. 

Intended Audience:

All Health Professionals who may have a role in Disaster Health, e.g. Nurses, Physicians, EMTs, Public Health Professionals.

Conflict of Interest Disclosures:

The following planners and content experts have responded they have no commercial interest to disclose:

James J. James, MD, DrPH, MHA

Terris E. Kennedy, RN, PhD

Donald A. Donahue, DHEd, MBA, MSJ, FACHE, FRSPH

Cham Dallas, PhD, MS


Alice O’Donnell, BA

Ruth Anne Steinbrecher, MPH

The following speakers have responded they have no commercial interest to disclose:

Angie Bowen, BSN, RN, CPEN, NRP IC

Melissa Harvey, RN, MSPH

Shawn Metzner, AS

James S. Blumenstock, MA

Regina Hawkins, MPH, BSAS

Raymond E. Swienton, MD

Arthur Cooper, MD, MS

James J. James, MD, DrPH, MHA

Tener Goodwin Veenema, PhD MPH MS RN FAAN

Cham Dallas, MS, PhD

Kelly Klein, MD

Yanmei Zhao, PhD

Craig DeAtley, PA-C

John F. Koerner, MPH, CIH

Gerald White, PhD

Donald A. Donahue, DHEd, MBA, MSJ, FACHE, FRSPH

Emberlynn Liang Liu, MD

Lindsay A. Flax, MD, MSc

Commercial/Sponsor Disclosure: There is no Commercial or Sponsorship Support to Disclose for this live activity.

Non-endorsement of products discussed/displayed in conjunction with this activity:

As an Accredited Provider of Continuing Education (CE) Credits for Health Education (CHESĀ®), Nursing (CNE), Medicine (CME), and Public Health (CPH) the American Public Health Association Center for Professional Development (CPD) Unit and its respective Continuing Education accrediting organizations do not endorse any products or services that are displayed or referred to in conjunction with this activity and are not responsible for the actual presentation of content during scientific sessions.  

Policy on Disclosures to Learners:

The Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health strives to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all of its educational programs.  All planners, faculty members, moderators, discussants, panelist and presenters participating in this program have been required to disclose any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest that may have a direct bearing on the subject matter of this program.  This includes relationships with pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers or other corporations whose products or services are related to the subject matter of the presentation topic.  The intent of this policy is to identify openly any conflict of interest so that the attendees may form their own judgments about the presentation with full disclosure of the facts.  In addition, faculty is expected to openly disclose any off-label, experimental and/or investigational uses of drugs or devices in their presentation. Disclosures, Conflict of Interest (COI) and Resolution of COI policies are available via the  APHA’s website and in the printed program.

Accreditation statements:

Medicine (CME) Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health.  The APHA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  

Designation Statement: The APHA designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (s).    

Nursing (CNE) Accreditation Statement:

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by APHA/PHN, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Instructions on how to obtain CE credit:
Participants may attend part of the Conference and complete the evaluation online in order to earn contact credit hours and obtain a CE certificate. Partial credit will be awarded. A link to the online evaluation system will be sent to all registered participants who attend the activity that will contain instructions and a personal ID number for access to the system.  

All online evaluations must be submitted by December 15, 2018 to receive continuing education credit for this activity.


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