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Professional Development & Cybersecurity Workshop



September 26 & 27, 2022
Omaha, NE

September 26, 2022
8:00 - 8:30
Welcome, Announcements and Introductions
8:30 - 9:30
Beyond Regulations: Making a Business Case for Preparedness & Continuity Programs
AHEPP Professional Standard: Program Management

Presented by Kirstin Nunez, Senior Operations Manager, Emergency Management & Business Continuity at Intermountain Healthcare 
The cost of healthcare continues to rise as does the demand to keep spending and premiums low. Healthcare leaders must make decisions about where to spend each dollar. In this interactive session, participants will discuss and practice developing a business case for investment in a sustainable preparedness and/or continuity program that goes beyond regulatory compliance. Specifically, we will build a powerful value proposition, review various risk assessment tools, cover barriers to investing in a program, and make dollars and “sense” of compelling data so participants can return to their home organization ready to make the case for their program.

9:30 - 9:45
9:45 - 10:45
Business Continuity: BIA Reset
AHEPP Professional Standard: Program Management

Presented by Kirsten Nunez, Senior Operations Manager, Emergency Management & Business Continuity at Intermountain Healthcare 
COVID has changed EVERYTHING…including your BIA. A business impact analysis (BIA) may or may not be in your current disaster plan but this year regulators are looking more closely at these plans. Even if you performed these BIA’s in years past, it is highly likely that information has changed since you last did the process. In this session, we will learn what to focus on in your BIA, who to include in the planning process and how to put this all on paper. Don’t miss this essential education to complete your disaster program.

Key Principles in Hiring
AHEPP Professional Standard: Personnel Management

Presented by: Keith Hansen, Co-Director of the Association of Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professionals
This workshop will describe basic principles of hiring like how to write job descriptions, advertising, and effective interviewing (yes, this can be done wrong!).  The “work” part of the session will be when you develop at least part of a position description as well as the interview questions for the position.  Bring an idea for a “new hire” and you will walk out with a partially completed hiring process!

10:45 - 11:15
Break and Networking
11:15 - 12:15
How to Create and Optimize Training for  the Adult Learner
AHEPP Professional Standard: Communication

Presented by: Nick Cagliuso, PhD, MPH, Senior Advisor of Emergency Management , MDB Inc.

Adult learners, with their myriad experiences, require unique training approaches from which they can translate and apply their learnings to solve real world problems.

In this interactive and practical professional development workshop, participants will explore highly usable, tactical steps and skills necessary to create, optimize, implement, and evaluate training for adult learners, including:

1. Knowing your adult learning audience (better than they know themselves.)

2. Understanding how actively engaging adult learners through storytelling increases interest (and how what's interesting drives learning.)

3. Realizing that imperfect and incomplete training approaches can pique adult learner interest (better than flawless and whole approaches.)

4. Minimizing the use of rigid training techniques in favor of more flexible models.

5. Providing adult learners with simple, practical, and useful tools and encouraging them to decide how to use them to best process information.

Risk Communication
AHEPP Professional Standard: Communication

Presented by;  Sharon Medcalf,  Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology; Director, Academic Programs in Emergency Preparedness Center for Biosecurity, Biopreparedness and Emerging Infectious Diseases; College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center
This workshop will explore the basic tenets of good risk communications, including successes and failures experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic. The session will begin with some insight into human behavior and how communications can be tailored to promote the desired outcome. Message building will consist of instruction on “what to say” and “how to say it” and participants will review examples of good messaging. Finally, participants will build messages tailored to their own organizations.

12:15 - 1:15
1:15 - 2:15
Lunch and Networking
How to Create Just in Time Training
AHEPP Professional Standard: Response Operations
Facilitation Skills for Impactful Meetings
AHEPP Professional Standard: Leadership
2:15 - 2:45
Break and Networking
2:45 - 3:45
Internship Programs:
A Must for your Preparedness Program
AHEPP Professional Standard: Personnel Management
3:45 - 4:45
Building an Effective Behavioral
Threat Assessment Team
AHEPP Professional Standard: Program Management

Presented by: Mario Scalora, PhD;  Professor of Psychology; Director of the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, University of Nebraska Behavioral Threat Assessment is becoming more critical for healthcare systems. Assault has always been a problem for healthcare providers but the level of violence is increasing to include shootings, stabbings and other threats. Join us in September for this LIVE 1 hour workshop, learn how to establish and maximize your own threat assessment team.

4:45 - 5:00
5:00 - 6:30
Collaborate with Colleagues After Hours
Networking event with Colleagues and Exhibitors
Cascading Consequences: Cybersecurity for Emergency Managers



September 26 & 27, 2022
Omaha, NE

September 27, 2022
8:00 - 8:15
Welcome, Announcements and Introductions
8:15 - 9:15
Overview of Cyber Threat Landscape Panel

In this presentation we will learn from the FBI cyber program leaders about the criminal and national security cyber threats they are investigating on a global, national and regional level. We will discuss how best to work with the FBI and other government agencies, prior, during and post cyber incident. We will also learn what hospitals and healthcare systems on a national level are saying to their trusted AHA cyber advisor about their biggest cybersecurity threats challenges.

9:15 - 9:45
9:45 - 10:45
10:45 - 11:45
11:45 - 12:45
12:45 - 1:45
1:45 - 2:15
2:15 - 3:45
3:45 - 4:00
Cyber Risk Impact to Care Delivery and Patient Safety
Presented by:
John Riggi
Lunch and Networking
Regional, Readiness, Response: Enterprise Risk + Ransomware Preparedness and Response

In this presentation, AHA John Riggi will present national perspective on ransomware attacks based upon direct interaction and discussion with victim organization and government agencies. Cyber risk translates into enterprise risk issues with direct implications to revenue, reputation, care delivery and patient safety. Learn how your organization may be carrying hidden strategic cyber risk through third party relationships. Risk communication and risk mitigation strategies will also be addressed in this session

Cyber Table-top Exercise

John Riggi will moderate and actively engage all attendees in a group critical thinking and strategic leadership cyber incident exercise. The session is designed to be highly interactive and is based upon real world complex and multi-faceted cyber and risk incidents. It is designed for both technical and non-technical leaders and structured to test incident response plans, identify gaps and elicit strategic decision making skills under simulated adversarial conditions. Exercise will be shared for use at your own facility after the session. 

Final Announcements

Who should attend?

Experienced Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professionals:  This workshop will enhance skills you may already have like hiring strategies, the science of educating adults, building threat assessment teams, and developing the business case for your preparedness program.
New Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professionals:  
This workshop will introduce you to essential preparedness skills like creating just in time training for your teams, business impact analysis and facilitation skills for impactful meetings.

Cybersecurity Professionals:  
This workshop will provide the latest information from the American Hospital Association's National Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk. This information will help your facility become more prepared for the consequences of cyber attacks. 

Interested in attending AHEPP Professional Development, but need approval? Download this customized letter outlining the benefits of attending and fast track your approval process. 

Conference registration includes breakfast and lunch on September 26 & 27. 

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