April 4 – 10, 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. Vacancy Announcement

The Northwest Region is seeking applications to fill the soon to be vacant Regional Healthcare Coordination Center (RHCC) Manager position. Anyone who may be interested can send a resume to the Regional Coordinator at regionalcoordinator@nwrhcc.org. Please enter RHCC Manager Resume in the subject line of the email. For more details, click here

3. Regional Coalition Meeting
The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition will conduct its annual exercise Thursday April 14, 2022 instead of the monthly meeting. This year’s annual exercise is a Table Top Exercise validating and/or making adjustments to the regional Infectious Disease Annex which is part of the regional surge plan. The venue and time will be announced in the coming weeks.

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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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The Express March 2022 Update #3

This issue of The Express highlights the following new resources:

  • Healthcare Cybersecurity Select Lessons Learned
  • ASPR’s COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Speaker Series
  • more

  Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New Quarantine and Isolation Calculator

CDC’s new COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation calculator takes the stress out of deciding when, and for how long, people with COVID-19 and close contacts need to stay home, get tested, and wear a well-fitting mask. The calculator provides important information about what precautions people with COVID-19 and their close contacts can take to protect loved ones and prevent COVID-19 in their communities. This online, mobile-friendly calculator provides a simple, easy-to-use way to help people follow CDC’s Quarantine and Isolation guidance and get customized information that applies to their unique situation.

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 13

  • New “In Our Boots” PSAs Highlight Safe Driving Messages to Protect Responders on Roadways 
  • Hundreds of HP Printer Models Vulnerable to Remote Code Execution
  • more
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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. Medical Preparedness & Response for Bombing Incidents MGT-348 – PER-233
This course is intended for members of emergency response as well as other city and county services that become a part of a community response to an bombing incident. This interactive, Instructor facilitated program employs case studies, lessons learned, validated medical data, and potential threats to the communities we serve. Sessions will address planning considerations and concerns specific to medical responders, law enforcement, and emergency planners, with an intended outcome of integrating incidents of an explosive nature to existing plans. This will enhance community preparedness by identifying areas to address when attendees return to their jurisdiction.
April 12-13, 2022 Martinsville, VA
April 23-24, Blacksburg, VA
Course overview and registration

2. 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 6th @11am to 1 pm https://www.eventbrite.com/e/220022933517

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

3. G290 Basic Public Information Officer
This two-day course is designed for the new or less experienced Public Information Officer (PIO) and focuses on essential emergency PIO functions. The course will teach PIOs how to write a news release, conduct an on-camera interview and prepare awareness campaigns.
April 20-21, 2022 8:00am – 5:00pm 
Course overview and registration

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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. Amid Warnings of Potential Russian Cyberattacks, New Senate Bill Directs CISA, HHS to Shore up Digital Defenses
The so-called Healthcare Cybersecurity Act would direct the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to work side by side on bolstering cybersecurity readiness among healthcare and public health organizations, according to statements from its co-sponsors. Additionally, the bill would authorize cybersecurity training to healthcare and public health asset owners and operators as well as task CISA with conducting a new study on cybersecurity risks in these sectors.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Dave Muoio of FIERCE Healthcare

2. DNV Resumes all Annual Surveys Onsite and Unannounced
As of May 2, DNV Healthcare will resume doing all its annual NIAHO® surveys onsite and unannounced now that COVID-19 rates are going down. DNV, like other accrediting organizations (AO) and federal survey offices, returned to onsite triennial surveys several months ago as required by CMS.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: A.J. Plunkett of Accreditation & Quality Compliance Center

3. Military Medical Teams’ COVID-19 Deployments End
For the first time since 2020, no military medical personnel will be deployed on a COVID-19 clinical mission as of March 30, CNN reports. The last U.S. Defense Department military medical team responding to the public health crisis concludes its clinical mission March 29.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Molly Gamble of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

4. Biden Administration Launches ‘1-stop shop’ COVID-19 Website
President Joe Biden’s administration is launching a website March 30 that is meant to be a “one-stop shop” to help people access vaccines, tests, treatments and high-quality masks, the White House said in a fact sheet.
Want to know more, read here »

5. The Impact of Supply Chain Disruptions on Chronically Ill Patients
Millions of chronically ill patients are struggling to get medical supplies amid global shortages exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, The New York Times reported March 29. .
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Cailey Gleeson of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW