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VAGLAHS participates in 2015 ARC Conference for Care Coordination during Disaster Recovery

November 23, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Staff from the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) will participate in the 6th Annual Advancing & Redesigning Communities for Emergency Management (ARC) Conference on December 1-3, 2015 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in San Diego, CA. VAGLAHS Senior Public Health Official and Director of the Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center (VEMEC) Dr. Aram Dobalian will discuss the impact of disasters on pre-disaster healthcare system capacity and care coordination for Veterans within and outside VA.

“VA is the largest integrated healthcare delivery system in the nation with 144 VA Medical Centers nationwide. Since the 1970s, five VA hospitals have been permanently closed because of disasters, and a sixth medical center closed for many months. Two of the permanent closures and the temporary closure happened since 2005” said Dobalian.

Conference attendees will learn how VA can continue to provide vital health services for our Nation’s Veterans during crises and in the months after a disaster strikes. On December 1, a pre-conference workshop entitled “From Concept to Action: Building Coalitions with VA and Veterans” will explore VA’s disaster readiness and preparedness activities and how to improve them. Panel sessions will focus on direct patient care areas—acute and inpatient care, geriatrics, and homeless and functional needs providers—that will impact Veterans’ timely access to high-quality care in the aftermath of a disaster.

On subsequent days, panel sessions will focus on mental health resilience, lessons learned from global health resilience, emergency management metrics and standards, and the use of technology to create a highly trained response workforce. This year’s Conference will be held in conjunction with the 4th Annual National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference (NHCPC), which is hosted by the National Healthcare Coalition Resource Center (NHCRC).

About VEMEC: The Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center (VEMEC) is part of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VEMEC was established to expand the evidence base in emergency management and help VA implement best practices and strengthen its capabilities. VEMEC’s work bolsters VA’s ability to care for our Nation’s Veterans during disasters and VA’s ability to assist state and local communities during emergencies.

About NHCRC: The National Healthcare Coalition Resource Center (NHCRC) is founded and operated by three non-profit healthcare coalitions—MESH Coalition, Northern Virginia Hospital Alliance, and the Northwest Healthcare Response Network. NHCRC organizes and sponsors the annual National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference, offers technical assistance to emerging and established healthcare coalitions and provides workshops and training opportunities for coalitions and local and state agencies.