Continuing Medical Education 

It’s 3 a.m., This Is Not a Drill:

Health Officer Roles in Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery


October 4 – October 5, 2018


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Thursday, October 4



7:15 Registration and Breakfast

8:00 Welcome

Kenneth Cutler, MD, MPH, President, Health Officers Association of California; Health Officer, Nevada County


Session 1: Disaster Preparedness

Facilitator: Richard Johnson, MD, MPH, Health Officer, Alpine County


8:15 Health Officer Roles in Emergency Preparedness: Overview of the EOM and MHOAC Program Manual 

Richard Johnson, MD, MPH, Health Officer, Alpine County (Slides)


9:00 Building Partnerships Before a Disaster Occurs

  • Karen Smith, MD, MPH, Director and State Public Health Officer, California Department of Public Health
  • Kim Saruwatari, MPH, Director of Public Health, Riverside University Health System (Slides
  • Amy Travis, MHOAC, Deputy Director, Office of Emergency Services, Glenn County (Slides)
  • Daniel Wall, RN, BSN, MPPA, Manager, Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Ventura County Health Care Agency (Slides
10:15 Break


10:30 On-RAMP to Better Emergency Planning: A Tool to Apply Data and Mapping at the Local Level (Slides)

  • Brandon Dean, MPH, Whole Community Planning Manager, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
  • Caitlin Harvey, MPH, Planning Analyst, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health


11:15 Planning for the Unthinkable Rad Event

  • Robert Levin, MD, Health Officer, Ventura County (Slides)
  • Janet Berreman, MD, MPH, Kauai District Health Officer, Hawaii State Department of Health (Slides)
  • Richard Johnson, MD, MPH, Health Officer, Alpine County (Slides)
12:00 Rob Write – State of Emergency


12:15 Luncheon


Session 2: Disaster Response

Facilitator: Karen Relucio, MD, Health Officer, Napa County


1:30 Contra Costa MRC: Medical Operations During Evacuations

Lisa Vajgrt-Smith, BSN, RN, MPH, CPH, Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator, Contra Costa County EMS (Slides)


2:15 Mass Sheltering and Temporary Housing, Optimizing Health Equity in Emergency Response Efforts

  • Andrew Miller, MD, Health Officer, Butte County (Slides
  • Kenneth Cutler, MD, MPH, Health Officer, Nevada County (Slides)
3:00 Break


3:15 Epidemiological Assessment During an Emergency, CASPER Toolkit, Health Equity

Karen Relucio, MD, Health Officer, Napa County (Slides)


4:00 Local Coordinated Behavioral Health Response

  • Merritt "Chip" Schreiber, PhD, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (Slides / Handout)
  • Michael White, LMFT, Facilities, Safety and Disaster Manager, Ventura County Behavioral Health (Slides)

5:00 Adjourn


Friday, October 5


7:15 Registration and Breakfast


Session 3: Disaster Recovery

Facilitator: Karen Relucio, MD, Health Officer, Napa County


8:00 Napa Fire Complex 2017: Disaster Recovery

Karen Relucio, MD, Health Officer, Napa County (Slides)


8:30 Long-term Recovery Efforts and Lessons Learned Following the December 2, 2015 Waterman Terrorist Attack

Corwin Porter, MPH, REHS/RS, Assistant Director of Public Health, San Bernardino County (Slides)


9:00 Environmental Health and Disaster Recovery

Charity Dean, MD, MPH, Health Officer, Santa Barbara County (Slides)


9:30 Health Officer Wildfire Resources

Susan Aitkens, Consultant, Emergency Preparedness Office, California Department of Public Health

10:15 Break


10:30 Optimizing Health Equity in Disaster Recovery

Melissa Jones, MPA, Executive Director, Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (Slides)

11:00 1 October: The Public Health Response

Joseph Iser, MD, DrPH, MSc, Chief Health Officer, Southern Nevada Health District (Slides


12:00    Adjourn


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