The Polar Vortex

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • The Meeting Place, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD 21045
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A training for private duty, home health, hospice and DME companies.

Registration is free, but space is limited.  Register today!

About this Event

This event is being held in partnership between MNCHA and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Office of Preparedness and Response as part of MNCHA’s Home Care Emergency Preparedness project. This free training is intended to help members of MNCHA’s Emergency Preparedness Network prepare to meet new emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers.

Tabletop Exercise:  Polar Vortex

This interactive workshop will focus on  the impact of the changing weather patterns over this last winter. Unprecedented weather events have caused major disasters, evacuation of people and long term recovery. This exercise will test agency abilities to communicate, provide continuity of care and to quickly mobilize their staff. It will meet the testing and training requirements of the CMS regulations. This exercise will be a clinically relevant scenario led by a facilitator and will meet federal requirements. 

Bring your preparedness team and work on your plan at the same time.

Each attendee will receive an After Action Report they can take back to their agency for completion.

About the Speaker

Barbara B. Citarella, RN, BSN, MS, CHCE, NHDP-BC
National Healthcare Disaster Professional 

With over 25 years of experience, Barbara is internationally known for her expertise in the areas of disaster preparedness and leadership. She specializes in emergency disaster planning, bioterrorism, health care development and operations. She provides education to law enforcement and government agencies, health care providers, private sector, first responders, national and state associations in all aspects of disaster preparedness. Barbara serves as  a subject matter expert to ASPR TRACIE which stands for  Health and Human Services  Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response  Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange. This exchange was created to meet the information and technical assistance needs of  healthcare coalitions, healthcare entities, healthcare providers, emergency managers, public health practitioners, and others working in disaster medicine, healthcare system preparedness, and public health emergency preparedness. .

In addition, Barbara was appointed to the National Quality Framework's Healthcare Readiness Committee to create a national framework for response which will be out shortly. She has also been invited to MIT, Boston to  attend the June meeting on  Building Health Equity through Resilient Power.

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