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Canadian Public Health Association

Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Forum Program

Subject to change

Thursday 2 May - 9:00-10:15

Design, function and future of Emergency Operations Centres for Public Health Event Response

The EOC is a facility that should have appropriate technological and telecommunications systems to ensure effective incident management and communication during an emergency. It is important to consider the nature of the hazards for which a response may have to be coordinated and ensure that the EOC is capable of sustaining operations without itself being made ineffective by those very hazards.

While an EOC is a central element that can serve a broad spectrum of possible scenarios, a public health event poses some unique challenges and technical requirements to an EOC that require consideration in the structure, resources and training of personnel.

Changing demographics, aging populations, and increasing natural and human-caused disasters each reinforce the need for EOCs to adapt new technologies and gain knowledge and training needed to make informed decisions to mitigate threats and execute effective responses.

This session will host a panel of experts providing different perspectives on EOC function, design, personnel and training. They will offer their insights on the unique challenges of public health events to an EOC, and what future drivers will affect the forward plans for any EOC.

Thursday 2 May - 10:45-12:00

Oral Presentation 1

  • Building resilience in Indigenous communities in preparedness for communicable disease emergencies - Genevieve Monnin
  • Enhancing health systems performance by learning from best practice models of public health & care for refugee population in Canada using an opportunity identification matrix - Sheikh Muhammad Zeeshan Qadar
  • Rapid qualitative analyses: bringing community feedback to decision-making in real time during an Ebola outbreak response - Vivienne Walz
  • Interventions to improve household disaster preparedness in the general public: A scoping review –  Karen Paik

Oral Presentations 2

  • Evolution of Emergency Management at Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory - Andre La Prairie
  • Canada’s Joint External Evaluation 2018: Measuring national capacity to protect global health - Dory Cameron
  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP): All Hazards Approach Framework - Younous Manjoura
  • Alberta Health: Environmental Public Health Emergency Response and Recovery Toolkit – Shahbaz Ahmed

Thursday 2 May - 12:00 - 13:00

Poster Presentations

  • Surveillance of laboratory exposure to human pathogens and toxins in Canada - Florence Tanguay
  • Ambulance Offload Delay: The Impact on Paramedics and Patient Care - Nicole Mfoafo-M’Carthy
  • Asking the Question: Using Artificial Intelligence for Large-Scale Qualitative Interviews to Inform Acute Emergencies - Tino Kreutzer
  • Boite à outils pour la surveillance post-sinistre des impacts sur la santé mentale - Magalie Canuel
  • Analysis of Available Training Options for Canadian Professionals in Public Health Emergency Response - Andé La Prairie
  • Contributions of social capital to community resilience in Walkerton, Ontario: Sixteen years post-outbreak - Konrad Lisnyj
  • Syndromic surveillance of asylum seekers in temporary housing in Montreal - Anna Urbanek
  • Alberta Health Services (AHS) Communicable Disease Emergency Preparedness (CDERP) - Younous Majoura
  • Disaster Recovery Triple P - Supporting children's mental health after an emergency - Peggy Govers

Thursday 2 May - 13:00-14:30

How AI and emerging technologies can enhance event-based surveillance

Active and timely situational awareness (SA) is a necessary asset in decision making processes involved in actions of prevention and mitigation of emerging threats. SA depends on technology applications to manage the monitoring of significant and disparate information streams in order to identify, process, and verify incoming data and translate it into actionable intelligence to inform decision-making. GPHIN and other intelligence systems increasingly are applying AI to manage the expanding data streams and other information sources towards the goal of more productive and more trustworthy situational awareness. The session will host a panel of experts in event based surveillance (EBS) and/or emerging surveillance technologies. They will offer their insights on the unique challenges of EBS, the future drivers and challenges that programs like GPHIN will face and which AI strategies should be considered for application.

Thursday 2 May - 14:45-16:00

Are you ready? Advancing performance measurement for public health emergency preparedness

From SARS to Ebola, wildfires to floods, emergencies are common and every disaster has a health impact. Public Health experts need to be ready to take on leadership roles in responding to outbreaks and in minimizing the impact of diverse emergencies on Canadians’ health. In addition to emerging infectious disease threats, various all-hazards events have affected Canadians’ health in recent years. While emergency preparedness is a core public health function in Canada, public health emergency preparedness (PHEP) activities operate largely in the background until a disaster or outbreak raises its profile.  A persistent challenge for public health practitioners is defining what it means for a public health organization to be prepared.

The symposium will begin with a presentation on the development of an evidence-informed framework and performance indicators for PHEP, followed by federal/provincial/local practitioners’ perspectives on the importance of measurement to guide quality improvement in public health practice. The symposium will offer an opportunity for exchange of ideas with the audience on how PHEP performance measurement can be used in practice.