July 7 – 14, 2019

The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition’s next meeting is Thursday July 11th beginning at 10:30 am. The dial-in information will be sent as we get closer to the meeting date. Normally this is an in-person meeting, however the in-person meeting will be August 15th for a Table Top Exercise.


1. Save the Dates

Upcoming exercises: We will be participating in a Joint VHHA and VDH Table Top Exercise August 15th in-place of our regional coalition meeting. This exercise is a lead-up to the Joint Full Scale Exercise October 23rd. For questions regarding the upcoming exercises, please contact our Exercise and Training Specialist, Matt Cronin. Please see the Cardinal Resolve TTX Flyer for more details.


2. Clinical Adviser

As part of expanding the regional coalition collaboration, the Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition will seek to hire a part-time physician to serve as a clinical adviser. The clinical adviser will be asked to:

  • Provide clinical leadership to the coalition and serve as a liaison between the coalition and medical directors/medical leadership at health care facilities, supporting entities (e.g., blood banks), and EMS agencies.
  • Review and provide input on coalition plans, exercises, and educational activities to assure clinical accuracy and relevance.
  • Act as an advocate and resource for other clinical staff to encourage their involvement and participation in coalition activities.
  • Assure that the coalition mass casualty/surge plans provide for appropriate distribution (and re-distribution) of trauma patients to avoid overloading single centers whenever possible and work with health care facilities to understand their capabilities and capacity.
  • Assure that subject matter experts are available, and a process exists to support secondary transfer prioritization in specialty surge (e.g., burn, pediatric) mass casualty situations (i.e., identify which patients are a priority to transfer to specialty care centers when adequate transportation or inpatient resources are unavailable).
  • Engage health care delivery system clinical leaders to provide input, acknowledgement, and understanding of their facility and regional strategic and operational roles in acute medical surge planning to include CBRNE, trauma, burn, and pediatric readiness and response.


3. Check out our new area on our website titled “Spotlights”

There you will find a monthly update showcasing best practices, collaboration, and highlighting the great work everyone is doing to become better prepared for emergencies or disasters.

4. Memorandum of Understanding
We are pleased to announce that the Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition continues to receive requests to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the coalition and non-hospital facilities. The MOU is designed for healthcare facilities that are not classified as an Acute Care or Critical Access hospital, and it is good for five (5) years before it will need to be renewed. If your organization resides within the Northwest Region and you have not signed the MOU, you can contact either the Regional Coordinator or the Medically Vulnerable Populations Coordinator to find out more details.

We are expanding our outreach to healthcare agencies within the region as a way of offering assistance to you and your organization. We ask for everyone’s help to spread the word by talking with your colleagues about the Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition. You can contact us by clicking the Contact Us tab on our website.


Click here to access our website. Don’t forget to visit the Events calendar for upcoming training and exercise events.


We have developed a one page understanding of the regional coalition that can be shared between coalition partners. Please click here to view the regional “one-pager”.

 Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association

Virginia Department of Health

Disaster Behavioral Health Team Orientation

The DBHDS Office of Emergency Management is excited to announce their first Disaster Behavioral Health Team Orientation on July 10th beginning at 9:30 am until 2:30 pm! 

The event will be held at:
The Virginia Housing Center
4224 Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060

For this offering, we’re looking for anyone experienced in offering behavioral health support during or after disasters. MRC volunteers, CSB personnel, Red Cross volunteers – anyone with experience supporting the behavioral health needs of individuals in crisis. You do not have to be a DBHDS employee to attend!

There is a short video message to explain what they’re offering. You can view that by clicking here!

Registration for the event is through Eventbrite. You can register by clicking here.

 Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response


Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Technical Resource,                                                                                                                             Assistance Center, and Information Exchange

Hospital Preparedness Program



1. New Resources Available from ASPR TRACIE

Refreshed ASPR TRACIE Topic Collections
Check out our latest refreshed Topic Collection
, Pediatric. Access all the ASPR TRACIE comprehensively developed Topic Collections here

Select ASPR TRACIE Technical Assistance Responses
Pediatric Go Kits and Partner Lists: This ASPR TRACIE TA response includes general healthcare “go kit”/evacuation supplies that may be tailored for pediatric providers, and a list of partners that healthcare entities serving children can use. 

Resources from the Field
The Behavioral Health Conditions in Children and Youth Exposed to Natural Disasters document, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, discusses mental health and substance use (behavioral health) conditions in children and adolescents following exposure to natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes. It discusses the challenges faced by children and adolescents following natural disasters; sheds light on behavioral health consequences (such as PTSD, depression, and acute stress disorder) of being exposed to traumatic events; and presents various ways to reduce lasting impacts of such events.

The Greater New York Hospital Association recently published the Mass Casualty Incident Response Toolkit. The toolkit is intended to assists hospitals in developing and improving their mass casualty response plans, and includes preparedness and response actions for various departments (both clinical and non-clinical) that may be involved in an MCI response.

2. ASPR Funding Opportunity Announcement: Pediatric Disaster Care Centers of Excellence

In April, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) sought information on general concepts and specific ideas from those in the health care and, more specifically, the pediatric care community about a vision for an archetype of a more comprehensive, enhanced, national capability for pediatric care during disasters. We thank you for the tremendous amount of feedback we received. The information helped ASPR develop a new funding opportunity, which we are excited to announce is now available.

On Friday, June 28, 2019, ASPR released the Pediatric Disaster Care Centers of Excellence Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to support the creation of up to two Pediatric Disaster Care Centers of Excellence that will serve as pilot sites. 

Children represent 25 percent of the U.S. population and face specialized medical issues due to their unique developmental and physiologic characteristics. Pediatric care requires specialized equipment, supplies, and pharmaceuticals. While specialized pediatric hospitals provide excellent care for children on a day-to-day basis, special consideration needs to be given to providing pediatric care during public health emergencies and disasters, such as mass casualty incidents.

ASPR envisions this FOA as part and parcel to a multiyear plan to address pediatric disaster care needs as ASPR aims to address known gaps in pediatric disaster care of all pediatric patient populations by augmenting the existing clinical capabilities within states and across multi-state regions.  Future elements of the vision would include field equipment, mobile medical facilities, telemedicine, and training and education.

Please share the FOA with your members and colleagues. For questions, please email ASPRStakeholder@hhs.gov.

Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Credit: U.S. Food & Drug


Credit: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


         U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

Federal Emergency Management Agency


Virginia Department of Emergency Management

Course Offerings

MGT-418 Readiness: Training Identification and Preparedness Planning (RTIPP) course is scheduled for July 16-17, 2019. Please see the flyer for additional details.     

MGT418 Course Announcement – Spotsylvania, VA

2019 Mass Care Symposium August 8, 2019. The day will focus on efforts to provide Mass Care services during Hurricanes Matthew and Florence, as well as best practices and pitfalls within Inclusive Planning.

CVEMA 2019 Mass Care Symposium

ICS 400 Advanced Incident Command Systems course is scheduled for August 28-29, 2019. Please see flyer for additional details.

Course Announcement ICS 400 Madison

ICS 300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents course is scheduled for September 14-15, 2019. Please see flyer for additional details.

Course Announcement ICS 300 Shenandoah

PER-335 Complex Coordinated Attacks (CCA) course is scheduled for October 15-16, 2019. Please see the flyer for additional details.

PER335 Course Announcement – Fredericksburg, VA