On-Campus Health Care Armed Assailant Planning Considerations Workshop
Workplace violence and active shooter events have been on the rise in healthcare facilities. Anecdotal evidence abounds (particularly post-COVID), and according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, there were hundreds of hospital-related shootings between 2000-2017. The Joint Commission notes that there were 39 shootings that resulted in 39 deaths reported by their accredited organizations between 2010-2020. Furthermore, health care facilities have unique characteristics that make them more vulnerable to these incidents and challenging for first responders. This workshop builds upon last year’s session, where ASPR’s Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) introduced the newly developed On-Campus Health Care Armed Assailant Planning Considerations document, designed to assist health care planners in ensuring their facilities are well prepared to mitigate, respond to, and recover from violent incidents while continuing to provide patient care. Presenters will provide a brief overview of the components/promising practices outlined in the document, discuss updates to The Joint Commission workplace violence prevention standards, and share how the document has been used by health care facilities. Participants will discuss how their facilities would address each module (mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery) and to share thoughts on additional considerations and resources to consider for inclusion.
About the Presenters:
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.
John Hick, MD, Senior Editor, ASPR TRACIE & Hennepin Healthcare
Dr. Hick is a faculty emergency physician at Hennepin Healthcare and a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He serves as the Associate Medical Director for Hennepin County Emergency Medical Services and Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at Hennepin Healthcare. He currently serves as the Senior Editor for ASPR’s Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange and Advisor to the Office of Health Care Readiness.