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 training is intended to help members of MNCHA’s Emergency Preparedness Network develop or improve disaster plans for their home care companies.
With newly identified diseases such as Ebola and Zika virus, there is a need for lasting surveillance efforts and the continuous development and improvement of helpful tools for a pandemic event. This educational session defines a pandemic and its stages. Current disease outbreaks will be discussed and the implication for health care providers. Additionally, this session details the various roles home care, DME, and hospice companies play during such an event. The afternoon session includes an emergency preparedness tabletop exercise and personal protection donning/doffing.
About the Speaker
Barbara B. Citarella, RN, BSN, MS, CHCE, CHS-V
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 conducts mock disaster drills for various agencies and health departments nationwide and has participated on the NYS Bioterrorism Task Force in the subsection on education. She has worked with over 15 state health departments in the area of biological, radiological and nuclear disaster planning. Barbara was part of the Department of Homeland Security’s committee to rewrite the National Response Plan document and the DHS Disaster Preparedness Guidelines for people with special needs. She has received the highest level (CHS-V) of certification in homeland security from the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security (ABCHS).
9:00 a.m. Check-in
9:30 a.m. Morning Session Begins
10:45 a.m. Break
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Tabletop Exercise
4:00 p.m. Conference Concludes