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Active Shooter in the Hospital and Other Workplace Violence Planning considerations


Workplace violence and active shooter events have been on the rise in healthcare facilities. According to the US Department of Homeland Security, there were hundreds of hospital-related shootings between 2000-2017 and The Joint Commission notes that there were 39 shootings that resulted in 39 deaths reported by their accredited organizations between 2010-2020. Furthermore, healthcare facilities have unique characteristics that make them more vulnerable to these incidents and challenging for first responders. ASPR’s Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE), in collaboration with numerous subject matter experts, will share an On-Campus Hospital Active Shooter Planning Considerations checklist (to be completed by fall 2022) to assist hospital planners in ensuring their facilities are well prepared to mitigate, respond to, and recover from an active shooter situation on campus while continuing to provide patient care. This session will provide an overview of the components/ promising practices outlined in the document and a short overview of legal considerations and the newly released Joint Commission workplace violence prevention standards. We are submitting this session as a Quick Hits Session, however, if preferred by the selection committee, we can do it as a Breakout Session and invite additional panelists that can provide facility-level lessons learned.

About the Presenter:






Corina Solé Brito, MA

Corina Solé Brito is ICF’s Deputy Project Manager for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE). In this role, she oversees communications and the Technical Resources domain, ensuring that products and messages are tailored to and accessible by ASPR TRACIE’s stakeholders (e.g., healthcare coalition members and healthcare providers, emergency responders, emergency managers, public health practitioners, and others working in disaster medicine preparedness and response). She oversees the development and publication of ASPR TRACIE’s newsletters and Topic Collections on close to 60 varied categories (e.g., behavioral health, pre-hospital mass casualty triage and trauma care, and responder safety and health), and the maintenance of the resource library.

Prior to joining ASPR TRACIE at its inception in 2015, Corina served as the Communications Manager for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Technical Assistance Center (SAMHSA DTAC) where she worked closely with subject matter experts to develop newsletters, tip sheets, and webinars on various disaster behavioral health topics. As a Senior Associate at the Police Executive Research Forum, Corina co-authored guides on preparing the law enforcement system for a public health emergency; helped conduct case studies on four departments at various stages of pandemic planning; and convened a wide range of representatives from nearly every city agency in the City of Chicago, enabling them to update the city’s emergency operations plan. Corina has developed curriculum for and helped facilitate dozens of community-oriented policing and problem-solving meetings between law enforcement and other community stakeholders in demographically diverse jurisdictions across the country. She is a guest lecturer on contemporary issues affecting law enforcement at American University and received her M.A. in Criminology from the University of Maryland.

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