September 30 – October 6, 2019




1. Regional Coalition Meeting

The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition will hold its monthly meeting Thursday October 10 beginning at 10:30 am. The agenda and the September meeting minutes will be sent to the routine attendees on the Tuesday prior to the meeting. The meeting will be held at Rockingham County Office Building on the 2nd floor (the same location we conducted the Table Top Exercise in August).  

2. Save the Dates

Upcoming training and conferences:

          a. The Coalition will conduct four training opportunities titled NIMS-in-a-Nutshell.

           NIMS and ICS – what do they mean and how do they apply to your facility or organization? This workshop will describe the purpose of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and provide an overview of how the Incident Command System (ICS) can be applied to your facility. At the end of the workshop, the attendees will work through a facilitated table top exercise to apply what was learned and to implement your Emergency Operations Plan. The offerings are spread around the region to help limit travel time for attendees. The first offering is October 10th in Harrisonburg. The second offering is October 17th in Front Royal. The third offering is November 7th in Charlottesville. The fourth offering will be in Winchester once a new date and location has been confirmed. You can register for any of the four offerings by clicking here. Please obtain the password to complete the registration process by contacting Becki Chester or Matt Cronin from the Contact Us page.

          b. 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.

National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference 2019

Being a part of #NHCPC19 provides many benefits to all attendees, including:

  • Networking with peers from across a variety of professional fields
  • Learning best practices from experts in the healthcare arena
  • Access to vendors with unique insight into emergency preparedness
  • Educational and actionable sessions that provide a leading edge for your organization
  • A shared wealth of lessons learned and data gathered
  • Enjoy Houston and all our beautiful host city has to offer
  • Experience workshops with up to date techniques and information

From the National Healthcare Coalition Conference website.

“The goal for the 2019 Conference is Taking Coalitions to New Heights. Healthcare Coalitions are a very real force multiplier for resiliency. They are essential in facilitating a more relevant, timely, effective and efficient response, which in turn improves how affected communities’ needs are met during disasters as well as improving how emergency needs are met every day. Creating an evidence base is vital to making the case for ongoing investment in resiliency. We know that allocating scarce resources requires decision-makers to understand the trade-offs between different opportunities. Building an optimal resiliency portfolio requires robust analysis. We view our HCC expenditures as investments as they occur in a context of uncertainty and offer yields both in financial returns and/or improved outcomes.”

If interested in attending and receiving reimbursement from the Coalition (we are limited to only two members per Coalition, please contact Matt Cronin, Exercise & Training Coordinator).

More information about the event can be found: here

3. 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.

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.

Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Credit:

Virginia Department of Health



Health & Human Services

 Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response


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

Hospital Preparedness Program




1. National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC) Emerging Infectious Disease Workshop

Register Today: This workshop provides information and tools on the many aspects of managing and maintaining readiness of a facility and public health partners responsible for monitoring, assessing, and/or treating patients with Ebola and other special pathogens. Up to 120 people may attend each course. The workshop is beneficial to both healthcare workers and public health professionals. Hospital attendees may include but are limited to, medical, laboratory, and/or nursing staff, administrations, education/training leadership, and infection control leadership. Clinicians focused on special populations, such as Pediatrics and Labor and Delivery, can also benefit from this workshop.
Workshop topics include:
Ongoing and Emerging Threats; Impact of Highly Pathogenic Respiratory Viruses on Planning, staffing, and PPE; Lessons Learned While Caring for Patients with Ebola; Optional Regional Stakeholders Focus
No tuition is charged for the workshops, and continuing education credits are available. More information will be available on the workshop registration page.
Attendees will have the opportunity to select one of four tracks: Leadership, Clinician, EMS/Prehospital, and Lab
October 14-15, 2019 – Minneapolis, MN (Registration Coming Soon)
December 10-11, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA (Registration Coming Soon)
February 2020 (Dates TBD) – Houston, TX (Registration Coming Soon)
For more information, click here.

2. National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2019

October 1 marks the beginning of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2019. NCSAM is a collaborative effort between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and ensure that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.

With NCSAM just around the corner, head to the NCSAM 2019 Website to download all the materials needed to “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.” this October. The website will continuously release products leading into NCSAM, so be sure to bookmark this page and return often to see the latest and greatest NCSAM materials. Products include tip sheets, presentations, graphics, and more.

NCSAM engagement opportunities can be found at several upcoming events. Visit the NCSAM booth, attend a NCSAM workshop, or listen to a NCSAM speaker at one of the events listed below. More NCSAM event programming can be found at 

Join the conversation throughout the month by following and engaging with CISA social media outlets such as @cyber, @CISAgov, @CISAKrebs, and @CISAManfra. Promote NCSAM on social media by using the hashtags #BeCyberSmart, #CyberAware, and #NCSAM2019. And help spread the word by including NCSAM-branded graphics in business outreach efforts.

3. 405(d) National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Package

October is closely approaching and to celebrate National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), the 405(d) team has created a NCSAM Package you can use in your organization!  This month-long campaign highlights the 405(d) Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices: Managing Threats and Protecting Patients (HICP)’s  five threats facing the healthcare industry and provides common practices used to mitigate each threat.  Included in this package are five infographic posters representing each of the five threats with the intention for one poster to be sent out each week throughout October. 

As a reminder the 405(d) team will also be sending out these posters throughout the month of October.  If you have any questions regarding the 405(d) NCSAM Package please feel free to reach out to us at CISA405(d)

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

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, VA

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

G205 Recovery from Disaster: The Local Community Role course is scheduled for October 29-30, 2019. Please see the flyer for additional details.

G205 Course Announcement Orange, VA

1. FDA Approves New Smallpox, Monkeypox Vaccine: What is it For?

You may not wake up every morning and say, “I hope I don’t get monkeypox or smallpox.” In fact, right now, the risk of you getting smallpox or monkeypox may seem lower than the risk of getting smothered by cabbage. Nevertheless, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) approval of the Jynneos Smallpox and Monkeypox Vaccine is significant in various ways. Bavarian Nordic, which is not an ice cream flavor but a biotech company, will be manufacturing the vaccine.
Smallpox used to be a huge problem around the world. According to Colette Flight writing for the BBC, it killed an estimated 300 million people “in the 20th century alone.” About a third of those who got infected by the variola virus did not survive.
So, monkeypox is nowhere near as common as cabbage, but cases still continue to occur and as Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes sang, who knows what tomorrow brings.
Nevertheless, chances are you won’t be getting the Jynneos vaccine anytime soon unless you are a member of the military or someone else at higher risk to be exposed to bio-terrorism, frequent certain parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo, or work with smallpox or monkeypox viruses. However, just because a medical advance isn’t necessarily needed today doesn’t mean that it isn’t important. Some advances are good just to have around, just as insurance, just in case.
To read the entire article, please click here.
Source: Bruce Y. Lee of Forbes

2. Vaping cases jump 52% in US

The number of vaping-related illnesses continues to rise in the U.S., with the CDC reporting 805 confirmed and probable cases as of Sept. 26.

Four updates:
1. The updated case count marks a 52 percent increase from the 530 cases reported last week.
2. Vaping-related illnesses have occurred in 46 states, marking an eight-state increase from the week prior. Only Alaska, Alabama, New Hampshire and Rhode Island have not reported cases.
3. Twelve people have died from the illnesses in 10 states: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri and Oregon.
4. Health officials are urging people to abstain from vaping or using e-cigarettes until they can identify a common source of the cases.
Source: Mackenzie Bean of Becker’s Clinical Leadership & Infection Control