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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Rural Coalition Development and Immediate Bed Availability (IBA) Webinar and National Call

National Healthcare Preparedness Programs

Building and operating healthcare coalitions in rural settings presents unique challenges. Whether operating in a completely rural environment or in an area with both urban area rural components, there are aspects of the rural environment that must be considered in implementing a successful healthcare coalition.

Please join us for an upcoming webinar and national call on Rural Coalition Development and Immediate Bed Availability (IBA) on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM EDT.


  • Welcome, Introductions and Overview
    • Scott Dugas, Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) Branch Chief
    • Traci Pole, HPP Field Project Officer, HHS Region VIII
  • Mass Fatality Support and Rural Coordination: Albert Pike Flood
    • Dr. William Mason, Principal Investigator, Arkansas Department of Health
  • Community Assessment Tool (CAT)
    • Jean Randolph, Nurse Consultant, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Implementing the Community Assessment Tool (CAT)
    • Randy Boltz, Safety Coordinator, Howard County Medical Center, Nebraska
  • Region H Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition
    • Lesley Schulte, Public Health Emergency Response Planner, Andrew, Atchison, Harrison, Holt and Tri-County Health Departments, Missouri
  • Medical Surge in a Rural Setting: Greyhound Bus Rollover
    • Amanda Krebs-Stancavage, EMS System Coordinator, Susquehanna Emergency Health Services Council
    • Stan Hudson, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Evangelical Hospital 
  • Questions & Answers
  • Adjourn

Meeting Information:

Date and Time: Thursday, January 16, 2014. 2:00 - 3:30 PM EST

Topic: Rural Coalition Development and Immediate Bed Availability (IBA)


Log in using the following URL:

Click the “Register” link. *NOTE* - This can be done in advance of the call. Provide your name, email address, organization and state. You will receive a confirmation email message with detailed information about joining the event.

Event number: 740 812 602

Event password: NHPP

Join the Webinar:

Please log into the meeting 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting by using the URL

Click the “Join Now” button on the right side of the page

Please note that the webinar is optimized for Internet Explorer

To listen through your browser: In the webinar browser window, click on “Communicate” and select “Audio Broadcast” (if audio does not start immediately, click the play button)

To listen via teleconference (not required if listening through the webinar)

  • Toll Free Dial-In: (855) 646-4972
  • International Dial-In: (484) 756-4342
  • Conference ID #: 29110062

  • This page last reviewed: January 10, 2014