April 18 – 24, 2022

1. Monthly RHCC On-Call

Each month, the NWRHCC has a different person on call to handle after hours emergency needs. Ron Clinedinst is the on-call staff member for April. Should you need assistance from the RHCC, please call 1-855-469-7422.
To request Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), mobile medical assets, or other equipment from the RHCC, please send an email request to rhcc@nwrhcc.org.

2. Regional Coalition Meeting

The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition will host its monthly meeting Thursday June 9, 2022. The agenda, the March meeting minutes, and the conference dial-in information will be sent to the routine attendees on the Tuesday prior to the meeting. The meeting will be held via our Ring Central conference call line. 

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1. COVID-19 Pandemic

Information related to the pandemic can be found on VDH’s and VHHA’s respective websites.

VDH has developed a COVID-19 Level of Community Transmission dashboard. This dashboard indicates the severity of the case counts in the local jurisdictions. Click here to view the dashboard.

2. PPE Exchange

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association recently entered into a new partnership with PPE.Exchange, a Seattle-based firm that operates a global, online portal to connect health care providers and other organizations with vetted suppliers of personal protective equipment (PPE). This new arrangement is being facilitated through the VHHA Shared Services Corporation to assist health care providers, businesses, and other Virginia organizations with obtaining PPE needed to protect staff, patients, students, customers, and others during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Want to know how you can purchase PPE for your healthcare facility, read here »


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

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Credit: U.S. Food & Drug Administration

1. FDA COVID-19 Vaccine News and Updates

To read about news and updates from the FDA on the COVID-19 vaccines, click here.

2. At-Home OTC COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests

This link lists FDA-authorized at-home OTC COVID-19 diagnostic tests.

3. FDA Drug Shortages

Current and Resolved Drug Shortages and Discontinuations Reported to FDA

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1. The InfoGram volume 22 Issue 15

  • NAEMSP Joint Statement Recommends Reducing Use of EMS Lights and Sirens
  • Virginia Beach Public Safety Drone Program Serves as a Model for Interagency Coordination
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2. National Emergency Management Executive Academy (NEMEA)

The National Emergency Management Executive Academy provides an ideal setting for a diverse representation of senior emergency management executives to come together and explore contemporary and emerging 21st century challenges. The program hones strategic leadership and critical thinking skills for senior executives involved with multi-jurisdictional, national, homeland security and emergency management policy development and decision-making responsibilities. Participants work collaboratively on team capstone projects, which are the cohort’s opportunity to leave a lasting impact on the profession of emergency management. NOTE: Completion of the Basic Academy or Advanced Academy is NOT a prerequisite to apply for the NEMEA.
Course overview and application process

3. National Emergency Management Advanced Academy (NEMAA)

NEMAA reinforces the qualities needed to lead emergency management programs, provides relevant management theories and concepts, and uses case studies to enhance emergency management (EM) skill sets. NEMAA participants work within a collaborative environment on projects and establish a network of peers.

NEMAA is designed for mid-level managers/professionals with a background and experience in an Emergency Management (EM) position who want to advance their skillset. Participants learn knowledge critical to performing EM responsibilities, such as program management and oversight, effective communication at all levels, integrated collaboration, and strategic thinking.
Course overview and application process

4. Master Public Information Officer Program (MPIOP)

The program reinforces the qualities needed to lead whole community public information/external affairs programs, provides relevant management theories and concepts, and uses case studies to enhance public information/external affairs skill sets. MPIOP participants work within a collaborative environment on projects and establish a network of peers.

MPIOP participants will contribute to the body of knowledge for emergency management related public information. This includes evaluation of leadership, group dynamics and functional best practices of joint information centers (JICs) by monitoring student activity during advanced public information officer course offerings.
Course overview and application process

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Training Calendar

1. Community Based Emergency Response Seminar (CBERS) 2022
The Virginia Department of Health Office of Emergency Preparedness partnered with the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Development Services, and Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association to conduct a virtual Community Based Emergency Response Seminar (CBERS) in April 2022. This year’s topic will be Mental Health Wellness and the Rippling Effects of COVID-19.
April 23rd @ 6pm to 8pm https://www.eventbrite.com/e/220036072817
April 30th @ 9 am to 11 am https://www.eventbrite.com/e/220076975157

Registration: Registration is required for each attendee. Please only register for one date to attend.
Cost: Free
Seminar overview and registration

2. Critical Decision Making for Complex Coordinated Attacks (PER-335)
This course addresses the vulnerability of any community to a public safety situation, such as an active shooter at a shopping mall; a train derailment with hazardous chemicals; a bombing incident at a commercial district; a plane crash; or chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive attack.
April 26-27, 2022 8:00am – 5:00pm 
Course overview and registration

3. Physical and Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure (MGT-452)
Participants will identify physical and cybersecurity concerns impacting overall infrastructure security posture, examine integrated physical and cybersecurity incidents and the evolving risks and impacts they pose to critical infrastructure, and explore resources that can be applied to improve security within an organization, business, or government entity.
Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Time: 1:00pm EST
Duration: 8 hours
Course overview and registration

4. Readiness: Training Identification and Preparedness Planning (MGT-418)
This course teaches participants how to create effective training plans for their agencies and jurisdictions. By evaluating their abilities to meet their emergency operations plan (EOP) using traditional and national preparedness tools, participants can answer critical readiness questions.
April 28-29, 2022 8:00am – 5:00pm 
Course overview and registration

5. ICS 400 Advanced Incident Command Systems
This training is a 15-hour classroom course that provides training on the advanced resource management provisions of the Incident Command System (ICS).
May 13, 2022 6:00pm-11:00pm
May 14, 2022 8:00am – 7:00pm 

Course overview and registration

6. V450: ICS 400 Train-the-Trainer (ICS 100-400)
This train-the-trainer course is specifically for persons interested in teaching VDEM ICS sponsored courses for their agency or organization
June 28-29, 2022 8:30 am-4:30pm
Course overview and registration

7. Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP) Basic Academy
The EMPP Basic Academy is a five (5) course entry-level program for individuals pursuing a career in emergency management. It is also suitable for experienced emergency management personnel who want to expand their knowledge across all mission areas and contexts. 
VDEM Region 4
VDEM Region 6
VDEM Region 2

1. Nursing Shortage looms Large and Projected to Intensify in Next 18 Months: Report
A national nursing workforce report is advocating for dramatic action to better support the nation’s nurses amid the current staffing crisis during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Susan Kreimer of FIERCE Healthcare

2. COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Renewed
The United States extended the COVID-19 public health emergency April 13, Reuters reports.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Molly Gamble of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

3. The Joint Commission Vaccination Requirement Standard FAQs
COVID-19 CMS Vaccination Requirements – New Staff and Contractors | Home Care | Leadership LD – View More
COVID-19 CMS Vaccination Requirements – New Staff and Contractors | Critical Access Hospital | Leadership LD – View More
COVID-19 CMS Vaccination Requirements – New Staff and Contractors | Hospital and Hospital Clinics | Leadership LD – View More
Source: The Joint Commission

4. Much of Healthcare Workforce Returning to Normal; Long-Term Care is one Exception
While much of the healthcare workforce is on track to return to pre-pandemic levels of turnover, turnover rates have been slower to recover among long-term care workers, health aides and assistants, marginalized racial minorities, and women with young children, according to a study published April 8 in JAMA Health Forum.
Want to know more, read here »

5. Identifying and Managing Risk for Emergency Preparedness for Healthcare Facilities
If you’re a business, you should be actively addressing your risks. If you’re a healthcare organization, it is imperative that you are up-to-date on the latest from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to stay in compliance.
April 28, 2022 12:00pm-1:00pm
Want to know more, read here »

Source: Collaborative Healthcare Urgency Group

6. When Crisis Management Becomes Conflict Management
After two years of the pandemic — where we went from hyper-alert mode towards exhaustionregressionlulls, and ultimately some form of recovery — we are now entering a new psychological phase. I label this phase “the Big Split” because of the dominance of the psychological reaction called splitting
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Source: Merete Wedell-Wedellsborg of Harvard Busines Review

7. Study: LTC Residents with COVID-19 at Risk for Polypharmacy, New Drug Interactions
Acute illness has been found to increase the likelihood of drug-drug interactions and polypharmacy, and COVID-19 appears to offer no exception to that rule. A new study across long-term care facilities has found that residents with the disease are especially vulnerable to these risks.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Alicia Lasek of McKnights Long-Term Care News