August 19 – 25, 2019

The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition’s next meeting is the Cardinal Resolve Table Top Exercise on August 15th. The Table Top Exercise is the first of two joint exercises by VDH and VHHA. Please see the flyer below for more information.

1. Save the Dates

Upcoming regional training: The Coalition will host the MGT – 349 Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness course November 18 – 19, 2019 in Harrisonburg, VA. Questions regarding upcoming training, please contact our Exercise and Training Coordinator, Matt Cronin. Please see the link for more details.


2. Clinical Advisor

The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition is seeking a part-time physician to serve as a clinical advisor. The job announcement can be found here. We ask healthcare organizational staff to please assist us by spreading the word about this open position. As part of our grant funding requirement, we must hire a physician before the next grant period begins.


3. 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 Credit:

Virginia Department of Health

Save the Date for the 2020 Virginia Public Health & Healthcare Preparedness Academy

Virginia Public Health & Healthcare Preparedness Academy will be held in Harrisonburg, VA. The dates are March 23 – 25, 2020 at the Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center. Because this event will be held in the Northwest Region next year, we would ask that as many of our healthcare partners that can attend do so. We hope to make a great showing and showcase how the Northwest Region supports emergency management and preparedness efforts. Details about lodging and other topics such as allowable travel and reimbursements will be provided as we receive them. 

So, for now, please put this event on your calendar as we hope to see as many of you that can attend.

 Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response


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

Hospital Preparedness Program





Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Measles Cases and Outbreaks

From January 1 to August 15, 2019, 1,203** individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 30 states. This is an increase of 21 cases from the previous week. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1992 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000.

  • Measles can cause serious complications. As of August 15, 2019, 124 of the people who got measles this year were hospitalized, and 64 reported having complications, including pneumonia and encephalitis.
  • The majority of cases are among people who were not vaccinated against measles.
  • More than 75% of the cases this year are linked to outbreaks in New York and New York City. Measles is more likely to spread and cause outbreaks in U.S. communities where groups of people are unvaccinated.
  • All measles cases this year have been caused by measles wild-type D8 or B3.

For the full report, click here.

Source: Morgan Winsor of ABC News

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

Emergency Management Professional Program Basic Academy Course Announcements. Please see the flyer for additional details.

EMPP Basic Academy Announcement and Application

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

L0146: Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP)
Dates: September 4-5, 2019 at the Virginia Emergency Operations Center, 7700 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23235
To Register:  Click  (last day to register August 23rd)
Prerequisite: IS 120.c ( and complete form FEMA 119-25 (

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

MGT-418 Readiness: Training Identification and Preparedness Planning (RTIPP) course is rescheduled for September 23-24, 2019. Please see the flyer for additional details.     

MGT418 Course Announcement – Spotsylvania VA

ICS 300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents course is scheduled for October 1-3, 2019. Please see flyer for additional details.

Course Announcement ICS 300 Stafford

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

1. HRSA issues rural health care collaboration guide

The Health Resources & Services Administration recently released a guide to help rural hospitals and other health care providers together identify and address the health needs in their communities. Among other tools, the guide illustrates through case studies how providers in two communities created networks and partnerships to improve the efficiency of care, optimize resources and improve the lives of their residents.

Source: AHA Today

2. Ebola outbreak spreads to 3rd province in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Since Aug. 1, 2018, a total of 2,877 people have reported symptoms of hemorrhagic fever in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s eastern provinces of North Kivu, Ituri and now South Kivu, according to the latest data. Among those cases, some 2,783 have tested positive for Ebola virus disease, which causes an often-fatal type of hemorrhagic fever and is transmitted through contact with blood or secretions from an infected person. An average of 81 new Ebola cases are confirmed each week.

The ongoing outbreak has a case fatality rate of about 67%. There have been 1,934 deaths so far, most from confirmed cases of Ebola, according to the latest data.

The vast majority of cases have been concentrated in North Kivu, specifically around the northeastern areas of Beni, Butembo, Katwa, and Mabalako. There are currently no confirmed cases of Ebola outside the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For the full report, click here.

Source: Morgan Winsor of ABC News