NSPA to Present at Three CBERS Sessions in NSW Region

The Virginia Department of Health has partnered with the Virginia Pharmacists Association to produce the 2015 CBERS sessions:  "Public Health Emergency Preparedness for Pharmacy Professionals"

The sessions in the NSW region are as follows:

February 10: Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital, Lynchburg, 6:30-8:30pm
February 17: Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, Danville, 6:30-8:30pm
March 12: Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke, 6:30-8:30pm

NSPA staff will be delivering a 10 minute presentation entitled "The Involvement of Pharmacy Professionals in Emergency Preparedness and Response through the Regional Health Care Coalition".

As part of an effort to engage regional pharmacists in the emergency preparedness effort, NSPA desires to form a pharmacy workgroup and hopes these CBERS sessions will be an in-road to developing relationships in the pharmacy sphere.

Following the sessions, the presentation will be posted on the resources page.

CBERS Resources:

CBERS Website
Course Flyer

Regional Healthcare ICT Workshop Plans Finalized

NSPA, in partnership with Carilion Clinic, will conduct a Regional Healthcare ICT Workshop on Saturday, January 31st at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Roanoke.  The workshop is scheduled from 9:00am - 4:30pm.

All membership of the NSW region is invited to participate.

Helpful links: Healthcare ICT Workshop Agenda
Registration Link: https://eventbrite.com/event/15310732814/

We hope to see many of you there!

January Coalition Meeting This Thursday at 2pm!

This month's coalition meeting will be held on January 22nd at 2pm at Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital in the 3rd floor auditorium of their Medical Office Building.

Here is a link to the agenda: HPC_Agenda_01_22_15_DRAFT
Here is a link to minutes from the last business meeting: NSPA_Coalition_Meeting_Minutes_10_16_14_DRAFT_Distributed

We hope to have a great quorum of in-person members but the meeting will be offered via WebEX if needed.

To access the meeting via WebEX:

When it's time, start or join the WebEx meeting from here:
Access Information
Meeting number: 193 062 101
Meeting password: This meeting does not require a password.
Audio Connection
+1-415-655-0001 US TOLL
Access code: 193 062 101

NSPA to Participate in National Webinar

NSPALogoThanks to strong coalition leadership and good networking at the national conference in Denver last December, NSPA has been invited to present at a webinar for the National Healthcare Coalition Resource Center.

The webinar is scheduled for January 29th from 2:30-3:30pm.  Details can be found HERE.

nhcrc-logoNSPA is very excited to be participating in the national conversation as a leader among healthcare coalitions.  Executive director JT Clark noted that this type of evolution gives NSPA credibility that will benefit the coalition both locally and at a national level.  "We do not work to meet the standard for Healthcare Coalitions, we strive to set the standard.  We want to elevate NSPA and, by doing so, help establish best-practice procedures to bolster coalitions nation-wide.  Strong coalitions make for resilient communities and that's what all of this is about."


NSPA Saves Carilion NRV $2156.00!

CNRV Portable Suction



Carilion New River Valley expressed thanks this week for their ability to borrow 40 portable suctions units from NSPA so they could complete a planned vacuum shutdown.  They estimate their rental cost would have been $2156.00.  NSPA is glad to be able to provide resources such as these to our members.  h/t Tammy Turpin

Repurposing This Blog – Where are the Podcasts?

Welcome to the newly repurposed blog page of the Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance.

First things first, if you arrived here in search of the EMTalk podcasts that Tanya and Keith were putting together, never fear.  They can be found at this link: https://biggerthanmyself.wordpress.com/emtalk/

Now, you may ask: "Why the repurpose?  Do we really need a blog?"

The answer lies in efficiently getting information out to our membership - and yes, this blog will be an important tool in that process.

To date, our main method of getting information out to members has been our Weekly Situational Brief.  This is a weekly digest meant to contain important information regarding Emergency Management and Situational Awareness for healthcare interests in our region.  You can subscribe to the brief here: Subscribe to Weekly Brief.

As time progressed, our weekly brief began to include information that was less about Situational Awareness and more about NSPA news - information you might find in a newsletter rather than in a SITREP.

In order to keep the weekly brief extremely relevant (and brief), this blog will function as a newsletter for NSPA activities and business.  

Each Weekly Situational Brief will include an item titled "NSPA Newsletter Hotlinks" (or something of that sort - this is an evolution, after all) that will bring the reader to the linked post in this blog roll.  In this way, the brief can still serve as a conduit for NSPA news but the bulk of the information is still very relevant to situational awareness.

At any rate, welcome to the new blog.  Email me if you have any comments at ccamidge@vaems.org.