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19th Annual Certificate Program will be held Nov 1, 2014 at the Taunton Holiday Inn and Nov. 15, 2014 at the Marlboro Holiday Inn

18th Annual Certificate Program
Nov. 2, 2013 Marlborough Holiday Inn, Nov.16th Taunton Holiday Inn
Registration begins at 8 am: pick and choose workshops from three concurrent tracks: Governance, Environmental/Community Health & Public Health Preparedness 


8:45–noon – Orientation for New Board Members, Part 1 & 2 - This double session is essential for new board members. It covers an overview of public health principles, history and legal authority, and ends with mock BOH hearings which enable board members to relax and have fun while testing their skills.  Marcia Benes, MAHB Executive Director; Cheryl Sbarra, MAHB Senior Staff Attorney.Presentation part 1; part 2 -Legal Authority

Noon – 1:00 – Networking Buffet Lunch and MAHB Business Meeting – This is an opportunity to meet other board members from across the Commonwealth, ask questions of MAHB and meet MAHB Executive Board Members.

–2:30 Marijuana Law and Local Public Health– MAHB Senior Staff Attorney Cheryl Sbarra Presentation

15 minute Break

2:45 – 4:00 Tobacco in Apartment buildings - Cheryl Sbarra & Chris Bantham.

Community and Environmental Health

8:45-10:00 Introducing SEARCH Well Private Well Database - Stephen Hallem, DEP Presentation

15 minute Break

10:15-12:00 - BoH Authority over Waste Issues - Panel Discussion Suzanne Cordes; South Hadley Board of Health; Susan Rowe: Hingham Health Agent, Moderated by James Doucette, DEP

noon - 1:00 Networking LUNCH and MAHB Annual Business Meeting

1:00-2:30- Tuberculosis: A New Look at an Old Bug - Pat Iyer MSN, R.N. B.S.N.

Emergency Preparedness

8:45-10:00-The Role of Social Media in Emergencies - Kitty Mahoney RN, BSN, Framingham Health Department Handouts

15 minute break

10:15-12:00- Lessons of Hurricane Sandy- Paul D. Biddinger MD FACEP & Benjamin Dauksewicz MA The Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (PERLC) and the Emergency Preparedness & Response Exercise Program (EPREP), Harvard University Presentation
1:00- 4:00 (with 15 minute break at 2:30) Be Prepared for the Worst Emergencies: Mass Fatality Family Assistance Center Operations for the Public Health Community Presentation

Perhaps the most misunderstood aspect of a mass fatality response is the Mass Fatality Family Assistance Center (MF FAC) operation.  Public health officials consistently comment on their limited experience in the area of mass fatality response and planning, and in particular, MF FAC operations.  This session will discuss MF FAC operations; how the MF FAC fits into the overall mass fatality response, how the type of mass fatality will dictate the specific MF FAC operations, the various functions typically found in an MF FAC, and explain the life cycle of a MF FAC.
Preparation is the key in providing local communities with well-coordinated, timely, and respectful MF FAC operations.  Since a mass fatality incident can occur anywhere in the United States at anytime, it is imperative that public health departments have a working knowledge of MF FAC operations.  The purpose of “Be Prepared for the Worst Emergencies: Mass Fatality Family Assistance Center Operations for the Public Health Community” is to provide fundamental information needed by all health departments in their pre-planning and positioning for an efficient and effective mass fatality response.
This session will illustrate how the MF FAC is a part of the identification of human remains process including:

Presenters: Dr. Amanda Sozer received much recognition for her contributions to the forensic industry during 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.  She has served on numerous committees and panels in an advisory capacity. Dr. Sozer facilitated the writing of the AABB Guidelines for Mass Fatality DNA Identification Operations, and is currently an advisory member of the FBI’s Scientific Working Group on Disaster Victim Identification (SWGDVI) Data Management Committee.  She has written strategic plans and mass fatality response plans for a number of organizations in the U.S. and around the world and is a speaker at international mass fatality meetings and NTSB mass fatality trainings.
Mr. Arbie Goings specializes in family assistance operations, with more than 10 years of experience in mass fatality work.  His career includes many notable achievements such as 9/11, American Airlines flight 587, Comair flight 5191, Continental Airlines flight 3407, and the Columbia Space Shuttle search operations.  Mr. Goings has also worked on several hurricane relief efforts, including Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike.  Mr. Goings’ extensive contributions to numerous mass fatality incidents have earned him industry-wide recognition.