Ohio Emergency Preparedness Conference Speakers Share Best Practices with Public Safety and Healthcare Agencies

Ohio Emergency Preparedness Conference Speakers Share Best Practices with Public Safety and Healthcare Agencies

Press Release Jul 24, 2017

The Northeast Ohio (NEO) Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) Healthcare Coalition Conference on emergency preparedness was held Friday, June 9 at Auburn Career Center in Painesville, Ohio.

The Center for Health Affairs’ emergency preparedness experts Beth Gatlin, RN, MA-HSM, ASPR project director and Andrea Bishop, BSN, emergency preparedness project manager, designated ASPR hospital preparedness funds and worked with a planning committee to present this annual healthcare coalition conference.

Nearly 50 attendees from emergency medical services, emergency management agencies, public health services, hospitals and more gathered to hear from this year’s healthcare coalition conference presenters.

  • Charles Berner, DDS, co-Commander, OMORT, who spoke on disaster relief.
  • Joan Papp, MD, medical director, Project DAWN, who presented on combatting the opioid epidemic in Northeast Ohio.
  • Ryan Macfarlane, supervisory special agent, Cyber Squad 1, Cleveland FBI, who shared information about cyber security.
  • Jennifer Hanrahan, DO, chair, infectious disease control, MetroHealth Medical Center, who provided insight on emerging pathogens of concerns.

“This conference allows all of the essential stakeholder groups to get together annually to discuss and share best practices about issues relevant to our healthcare coalition preparedness,” said Gatlin. “It’s always a beneficial experience."

For more information on the NEO MMRS Healthcare Coalition Conference on emergency preparedness, contact us.


With a rich history as the Northeast Ohio hospital association, dating back to 1916, The Center for Health Affairs serves as the collective voice of hospitals and the source for Northeast Ohio hospital and healthcare information. As the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, The Center aims to enhance the effectiveness of the healthcare community and the health of the communities it serves by providing expertise, resources and solutions to address the challenges faced by the region’s healthcare providers. The Center’s efforts focus on areas that benefit member hospitals from a regional approach, including healthcare workforce; emergency preparedness; public policy and advocacy; finance and reimbursement; and community initiatives. And because of its business affiliation with CHAMPS Healthcare, The Center has the resources to provide a broad level of professional services to its members. The Center, located in downtown Cleveland, is proud to advocate on behalf of more than 35 acute-care hospitals located in six counties. For more, visit neohospitals.org. The Center for Health Affairs is honored to be named as one of The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Top Workplaces in 2014 and 2015, as well as to ERC’s NorthCoast99 List in 2003, 2004, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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