JEM Sponsored Webinars

Upcoming Webinars TBD - Upcoming Webinars Topics include COVID-19 Variants and continued testing, long term response to covid-19, managing covid during the upcoming hurricane season, etc.
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Previously Recorded Live Webinars

Tales from the front lines: An alarming rise in hospitalizations
related to opioid use disorder in the era of COVID-19

Recorded June 10, 2021
2:00 PM Eastern Time (EDST)

Abstract:This 60-minute webinar will explore an alarming rise in hospitalizations related to opioid use disorder and provide behavioral health resources to assist medical professionals in disaster response. 
The COVID-19 pandemic has had harmful effects on the opioid epidemic. While a negative effect was predicted, the presenters will report on this reality in the hospital setting. They have seen a sharp rise in hospitalized patients with opioid use disorder (OUD). their data should encourage ongoing efforts to reduce barriers in accessing medications for treatment, harm reduction interventions and additional education for trainees, primary care providers, and hospitalists alike. In the current climate, these interventions are critical to save the lives of patients with OUD.

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Noel Ivey, MD
Noel Ivey, MD attended the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and completed her training in Internal Medicine at the Oregon Health & Sciences University Hospital in Portland, Oregon in 2010. From 2010-2017, she worked as a hospitalist at the Charles George Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Asheville, North Carolina. She joined the faculty at Duke University Hospital in 2017. She currently serves as co-director of Project COMET – Caring for patients with Opioid Misuse through Evidence-based Treatment, a quality improvement project seeking to improve care for hospitalized patients with opioid use disorder. Additionally, she is actively involved in clinical trial work for hospitalized patients with COVID-19, and she has a special interest in physician wellness.
Dana Clifton, MD
Dana Clifton, MD is an Assistant Professor in Medicine and Pediatrics at Duke University. Dr. Clifton attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for undergraduate studies. She attended Duke University for her medical degree and was inducted into AOA. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. Clifton works clinically as a Medicine/Pediatrics hospitalist, rounding on both General Medicine and Pediatrics services. Dr. Clifton is the Co-Medical Director of Project COMET, a program designed to improve the care of hospitalized patients with opioid use disorder and withdrawal at Duke University Hospital. She is the Associate Medical Director for Quality Improvement within the Duke Hospital Medicine Program. Dr. Clifton is also the Associate Director for Pediatric Undergraduate Medical Education and Pediatric Sub-Internship Director.
Shavone Hamilton, LCSW
Shavone Hamilton, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with a Master of Social Work from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Social Work from Iona College. She has worked in the behavioral health field since 1999 and has experience in community behavioral health administration.  Shavone joined Duke University Hospital in 2019. Shavone is currently an adult inpatient clinical social worker, where she is a member of the Opioid Use Disorder and Withdrawal consult team, also known as Project COMET (Caring for Patients with Opioid Misuse through Evidence-based Treatment).
Richard C. Dart, MD, PhD
Dr. Dart is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Medical Toxicology. Since 1992 he has served as the Director of the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center. He is the Executive Director of Researched Abuse, Diversion, and Addiction-Related Surveillance (RADARS®) System. He has published more than 250 papers and chapters as well as served as editor for the book The 5-Minute Toxicology Consult and the 3rd edition of Medical Toxicology. In 2002 he was recognized with a special
citation from the Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration. He was the 2004 recipient of the American College of Medical Toxicology Matthew J. Ellenhorn Award for Excellence in Medical Toxicology. He also serves as a Deputy Editor of the medical journal Annals of Emergency Medicine and is past-president of the American Association of Poison Control Centers.
Funding for this training/webinar has been provided by The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number U45ES019350, in association with Nova Southeastern University.

Resources for Emergency Professionals Who Serve Communities
that are Disproportionately Impacted by COVID-19
The Role of Social Determinants of Health
As They Relate to Emotional Well-Being Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
How Right Now Campaign
 Recorded May 19, 2021
1:00 PM (EST)
Abstract: How Right Now/Que’ Hacer Ahora, a national communication campaign made possible with support from The CDC Foundation in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), offers supportive resources for emergency professionals who serve communities that are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 as well as for emergency professionals themselves, who may be experiencing stress, grief, and/or loss due to their work. 
To support emergency professionals and the communities they serve, this 60-minute webinar will present an overview of this campaign and its resources. To contextualize the campaign, the webinar will begin by providing a brief overview of some recent mental health data from a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Then, data that were collected that helped inform the development of the How Right Now campaign will be presented. Specifically, the relationship between Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) and COVID-19-related emotional well-being was examined and will be discussed. Finally, tailored resources that emergency professionals can use in their work or for themselves and detailed ideas for implementation and roll out of this program in your neighborhoods will be highlighted.
A webinar overview is listed below our speakers.
Note: You may be required to register to access this recording.

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Rebecca Leeb, PhD
Dr. Rebecca Leeb is a Health Scientist/Epidemiologist in the Division of Population Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where her work is focused on expanding CDC’s capacity to address emotional well-being at the population-level. Trained as a Developmental Psychologist, Dr. Leeb has served in CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (2002-2010) where she led the CDC’s work to improve public health tracking and monitoring of child abuse and neglect, including publication of CDC’s Child Maltreatment Surveillance-Uniform Definitions for Public Health and Recommended Data Elements. From 2010 to 2021, Dr. Leeb served in the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities where she focused on children’s emotional well-being, children’s disaster related mental health, adolescent mental health and transition to adulthood, and mental health surveillance. Dr. Leeb has participated in numerous CDC emergency responses and most recently served for more than 150 days on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She is the author of recent publications including reports describing healthcare transitions for adolescentswith mental, behavioral and developmental disorders and children’s mental health-related emergency department visits during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amelia Burke-Garcia, PhD
Dr. Amelia Burke-Garcia is a seasoned health communications professional with nearly 20 years of experience in public health communication program planning, implementation and evaluation, with specific expertise in developing and evaluating digital health communications campaigns and intervention studies. Currently, Dr. Burke-Garcia is a Program Area Director in the Public Health Department at NORC at the University of Chicago where she directs the How Right Now/Que’ Hacer Ahoracampaign, which is aimed at increasing people’s ability to cope and be resilient amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the course of her career, Dr. Burke-Garcia has spearheaded some of the most innovative communication programs and studies on a variety of health topics including investigating perspectives and motivations of non-vaccinating online influencers, designing a targeted intervention with social media influencers to help lower their readers' risk for breast cancer, and leveraging MeetUp groups and the Waze mobile application to move people to action around flu vaccination and HIV testing, respectively. Her book entitled, Influencing Health: A Comprehensive Guide to Working with Online Influencers, was released in 2019 by Routledge Press. She has been named to’s list of 10 Modern Female Innovators Shaking Up Health Care and was also named as Diverse Health Hub’s Woman of the Week. She holds a PhD in Communication from George Mason University, a Master’s degree in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University, and a joint honors Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies and Humanistic Studies from McGill University.
Lela R. McKnight-Eily, PhD
Dr. Lela R. McKnight-Eily is a Behavioral Scientist and Clinical Psychologist on the Intervention Research Team in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. Dr. McKnight-Eily is lead author of the recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on Racial and Ethnic Disparities titled Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Prevalence of Stress and Worry, Mental Health Conditions, and Increased Substance Use Among Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Additionally, she works to prevent HIV transmission in incarcerated persons rejoining the community and examines the impact of trauma-informed care on HIV transmission. Previously, Dr. McKnight-Eily led programmatic/scientific efforts to increase alcohol screening and brief intervention (alcohol SBI) in primary care to prevent risky alcohol consumption and harms like Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders or FAS. Prior to joining the FAS team, she led several science-based initiatives within the CDC alcohol program with a focus on policy. She has served as a lead scientist, subject matter expert and epidemiologist for mental health and sleep work in National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Dr. McKnight-Eily came to the CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in 2005, in the Office on Smoking and Health’s Global Tobacco Control Program/Epidemiology Branch.
Cynthia Crick, MPH
Cynthia Crick, MPH is currently serving as a Health Communications campaign and Special Projects Advisor in CDC's Division of Population Health. Cynthia is an experienced Public Health Professional. She is an expert communicator with about 25 years of US Government experience. Skilled in Health Communication, Social Media Strategy, Campaign Management, Partnership Development, and Media Relations. MPH from Emory University.
Webinar Overview
  • Opening Remarks/Welcome, Richard DeVito & Professor Attila Hertelendy, PhD (co-moderators)
  • Overview of CDC MMWR on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Prevalence of Mental Health Conditions, Dr. Lela McKnight-Eily, CDC 
  • Introduction of How Right Now & Review of the Research, Dr. Amelia Burke-Garcia, NORC at the University of Chicago
  • The Campaign and Resources for Emergency Professionals, Dr. Rebecca Leeb, CDC
  • Curated Q&A via Chat & Closing Remarks Richard DeVito & Professor Attila Hertelendy, PhD 
(Speakers and topics subject to change without notice)
Funding for this training/webinar has been provided by The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number U45ES019350, in association with Nova Southeastern University.


Professor Attila Hertelendy, PhD, COVID-19 Special Issue Editor, Journal of Emergency Management
Richard A. DeVito, Jr, Managing Editor, Journal of Emergency Management

Stress and Mental Health in Emergency Management
and Affiliated Professions:

It’s OK to talk about it.
 Recorded May 6, 2021
1:00 PM (EST)
 Abstract: This 90 minute webinar will address the current state of mental wellness in the emergency management field and affiliated professions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and concurrent disasters. The webinar will address general and pandemic specific stressors and challenges in our profession. Finally, the webinar will delve into potential changes in how EMs and related fields manage mental health across their disciplines. A webinar overview is listed below our speakers.
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Eric Goralnick, MD, MS
Eric Goralnick, MD, MS serves as Medical Director of the Brigham Health Access Center and Emergency Preparedness. He is responsible for system wide efforts to prepare, mitigate, respond, and recover from disasters in addition to coordination of all outside hospital transfers to the Brigham Health system. He is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is a practicing Emergency Medicine physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Level I trauma and burn center in Boston, Massachusetts. He also serves as Medical Director of Gillette Stadium, providing medical direction for all mass gathering events including New England Patriots’ football games and concerts.
Chris E. Stout, PsyD
Dr. Chris Stout is a clinical psychologist and the Founding Director of the Center for Global Initiatives. He has held academic appointments at the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and was an Invited Faculty at the Annual Meetings of the World Economic Forum in Davos. He also has served as a NGO Special Representative to the United Nations, is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, past-President of the Illinois Psychological Association, and a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice.
Jill Raycroft, MSS, MPA, CEM, MEP
Jill Raycroft, MSS, MPA, CEM, MEP is a dedicated emergency manager with over fifteen years of experience. Her north star is to lead with empathy, equity, and integrity. She is currently the Deputy Incident Commander of the City & County of San Francisco’s (CCSF) COVID Command Center, which comprises over 1,000 disaster service workers and began as an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in February 2020. She manages the CCSF Department of Emergency Management’s Exercise Program and has directed and helped coordinate over 145 exercises spanning all the Emergency Support Functions with local, regional, state, federal, international, private, and non-governmental organizations. Jill has participated in approximately 60 activations of the city’s EOC and was a Deputy Planning Section Chief in the Westchester County EOC following Hurricane Sandy. Jill is a Certified Emergency Manager and Master Exercise Practitioner.
Vincent B. Davis, CEM, MCP, NEMAA
Vincent B. Davis, CEM, MCP, NEMAA is an experienced crisis management and emergency management professional, specializing in design and development of corporate, public sector, and non-government comprehensive frameworks for business resilience and disaster planning. Mr. Davis's experience includes FEMA, American Red Cross, SAIC, Walgreens Co. Sony, Amazon HQ and Feeding America as well as multiple client consulting projects nationwide.
Carolyn J. Harshman, CEM
Carolyn J. Harshman, CEM is President of Emergency Planning Consultants located in San Diego, California. Since 1984, Ms. Harshman’s company has provided emergency management plans, training, and exercises to a wide range of government entities. Ms. Harshman's work in emergency management began as a hazard planner and public information officer for the County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services. Ms. Harshman holds a Master of Public Administration Degree from San Diego State University and is a Certified Emergency Manager as conferred by the International Association of Emergency Managers. She is a very active member of IAEM, presently serving as IAEM-USA First Vice President. Prior to working in the field of emergency management, Ms. Harshman enjoyed a combined 20-year career as a city, regional, and redevelopment planner for the County of San Diego, City of San Diego, and Southeastern Economic Development Corporation.
Timothy B. Erickson, MD
Dr. Timothy B. Erickson is an Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Core Faculty member with areas of expertise in humanitarian health, environmental toxicology, crisis in climate change, wastewater epidemiology, chemical/biological terrorism, and acute injuries in global conflict and disaster settings. He has active humanitarian health projects in conflict regions of Ukraine and Syria. Dr. Erickson is an emergency medicine physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA where he serves as the Vice Chair for Academic Affairs and the Division Chief of Medical Toxicology in the Mass General Brigham Department of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Kim Guevara, MA
Kim Guevara is the Founder and CEO of Mozaik Solutions. She has 25 years’ experience in emergency management, homeland security, and development. She has provided services to all levels of government, the U.S. military, and in the private and non-profit sectors. Her executive experience includes leadership for change management/business transformation initiatives in order to comply with local, state, federal and Department of Defense regulations and to improve employee morale, talent recruitment, and retention. Kim also has significant international experience in telemedicine and humanitarian development and led initiatives and efforts in Southwest Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Her combined experience in emergency/crisis management, health community initiatives in humanitarian crises, and organizational leadership led her to co-create the Crisis Athlete™ program. At its core, the program challenges, questions, and envisions new, more sustainable pathways for crisis leaders to think about resilience and leadership by leveraging and applying the power of neuroscience at the individual, organizational, and community levels.
Sonny S. Patel, MPH, MPhil
Sonny S. Patel, MPH, MPhil, is a Fellow at Harvard University and International Research Scholar at The University of Sydney. Patel is a Public Health and Global Health Executive who serves on advisory committees and board of directors of organizations creating positive social and community impact. Patel is a former National Institutes of Health Fogarty Global Health Scholar and has developed protocols, programs and training to build capacity and knowledge in communities worldwide - from subject matters in Public Health, Community Health, and Mental Health to specialized topics in Emergency Management, Community Resilience, and Disaster Risk Reduction. Patel was recently named in 2020 by USAID in India as one of the top DevDistruptors in Mental Health.
Webinar Overview
Brief overview and survey of the stressors in the field. 
  • Unique stressors in emergency management as a profession
  • Unique stressors to emergency managers due to this pandemic
  • Unique stressors due to concurrent disasters and pandemic
Normalize mental health challenges across all the populations engaged emergency management
  • Managing mental health for professional staff
  • Managing mental health for volunteer and laypersons
  • Perception of mental health as a sign of weakness
  • Are emergency managers psychologically wired differently to manage stressors?
  • Tending our mental health as a normal preventative health maintenance process
  • Brief discussion on support services, techniques, interventions, etc
Determining when to refer out to Mental Health professionals
  • Detection in yourself and others in your team or professional circle of additional help
  • Tools and strategies for prevention of long term destructive and harmful responses
Looking Forward: How do we change the way EMs manage mental health as a professional discipline?
  • Competitive stressors
  • Incremental change towards a larger goal
Touch on the positive. What does not kill you makes you stronger? Fiction or fact?
Lessons learned to this point managing mental health challenges in EM and related professions 
Survey of next topics that attendees would like covered in next Mental Health webinar and webinar wrap up.
(Speakers and topics subject to change without notice)
Funding for this training/webinar has been provided by The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number U45ES019350, in association with Nova Southeastern University.

COVID-19: Nationalizing the COVID-19 Response under the National Response Framework

Join us for an in depth discussion about bringing the COVID-19 response under the National Disaster Framework. Listen to thought leaders including past FEMA Director Craig Fugate, FEMA Manager Richard Buck, Journal of Emergency Management (JEM) Editor-in-Chief, Dr. William Waugh, Jr. and JEM COVID-19 Special Issue Editor Dr. Attila Hertelendy as they discuss the current multi-faceted disaster, bring forward ideas to retool the response, break down silos between the state and federal governments and bring the full capabilities of FEMA and the broad range of players together to address this national emergency.
Attila Hertelendy, PhD

Craig Fugate
William Waugh, Jr, PhD
Richard Buck
  Jan 28, 2021

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