May 9 – 15, 2022

1. Monthly RHCC On-Call

Each month, the NWRHCC has a different person on call to handle after hours emergency needs. Becki Chester is the on-call staff member for May. 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

2. Regional Coalition Meeting

The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition will host its monthly meeting Thursday June 9, 2022 (no meeting in May). 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. VHEMP Webinar Series – Hurricane Season Preparedness and Response
Panelists will share their firsthand hurricane preparedness and response experiences, including shelter-in-place planning and the conduct of facility evacuations.
(Webinar – May 18th at 12:00pm)
Flyer and registration information

2. 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.


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1. Update on Philips Respironics June 2021 Recall
FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) is proposing that an order should be issued, under section 518(b) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, to require Philips Respironics (“Philips”) to submit a plan for the repair, replacement, or refund of the purchase price of recalled devices manufactured after November 2015.
Want to know more, read here »

2. Philips Respironics Issues Voluntary Recall Notification/Field Safety Notice* for the V60 Ventilator Product Family
Philips Respironics is notifying customers of its V60/V60 Plus and V680 ventilators about a potential issue with the electrical circuit in these ventilators that controls the 35V power supply to the ventilator and alarm.
Want to know more, read here »

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

4. At-Home OTC COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests
This link lists FDA-authorized at-home OTC COVID-19 diagnostic tests.

5. FDA Drug Shortages
Current and Resolved Drug Shortages and Discontinuations Reported to FDA

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1. The InfoGram volume 22 Issue 18

  • DHS S&T Evaluates New Vision Technology for Bomb Disposal Robots 
  • Webinars: How to Procure Goods and Services Under a FEMA Grant Program
  • 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. Certified Healthcare Emergency Coordinator (CHEC)

The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition is pleased to announce the opportunity to earn the CHEC certification. We are partnering with the Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance to offer two courses required for certification. The Basic Course is two days, June 21-22 and the Advanced Course is one day, June 23. Both classes begin at 8:00am and end at 5:00pm. The courses will be taught at Bridgewater Rescue Squad.  Although the flyer has registration details, you cannot complete the registration without the enrollment key. For more details please contact our Exercise and Training Coordinator, Ashley Waite and see the attached flyer.
Course Announcement Flyer

2. L0146 Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)
This 2-day period of instruction is for those individuals that are directly involved in the planning, design and evaluation of training exercises. The intermediate-level course incorporates exercise guidance and best practices from the HSEEP Volumes.
Harrisonburg, VA
June 15-16, 2022
Course Announcement Flyer

3. 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 8:30am-4:30pm
Course overview and registration

4. 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. Older, Experienced Workers are Joining the Great Resignation, Raising Alarm Bells for Organizations
The latest group of workers to quit their jobs are older, tenured employees with decades of experience under their belts, reported Vox April 30. With this trend, organizations may feel the loss of their most knowledgeable employees extra hard.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Georgina Gonzalez of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

2. 10 Discounts, Freebies to Honor National Nurses Week
Many companies are offering nurses freebies or discounts ahead of National Nurses Week 2022, which starts May 6. Here are ten companies offering deals to recognize nurses, as listed by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

3. A Better Future for Pediatric Care: How Nationwide Children’s Hospitals are Addressing Critical Drug Shortages
For more than a decade, medicine shortages have been an important and pressing issue for many patients. Unfortunately, children’s hospitals are uniquely impacted by this critical problem.
(Webinar – May 19th at 12:00pm)
Want to know more, read here »

4. Best Life Brands CEO on the Staffing Crisis in Home Care
The most challenging issue in home-based care continues to be staffing, a fact that every provider that makes up the space is aware of.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Patrick Filbin of Home Health Care News

5. Pediatric COVID-19 Cases up 61%: 5 COVID-19 Updates
More than 53,000 pediatric COVID-19 cases were reported for the week ending April 28, up 61 percent from two weeks prior, according to the latest update from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

6. ‘Very real challenges’ Coming for Nursing Homes with end of First set of COVID Waivers
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services first announced in an April 7 memo that it was eliminating 16 COVID-related waivers, some in 30 days and some in 60 of the issuance of the memo. The first set of COVID waivers will be retired Saturday May 7 and the second, June 7.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Danielle Brown of McKnights Long-Term Care News