As I near the end of my presidency, I am reflecting on the activities
and events of the past nine months in our local community, on a national level,
and abroad. The year has so far been marked by multiple significant
earthquakes, gun violence, political turmoil, a devastating hurricane, a disease
outbreak, and several major global protests. In a way, it doesn’t seem any
different from past years, but each event creates new conversations, awakens dormant
minds, and generates fresh ideas. Like many other organizations, SOHL leverages
the current climate for educational purposes and develops programming in step
with or just ahead of the hot topics. Our annual conference serves as a stellar
example of such effort. For 10 consecutive years, SOHL has been bringing
locally and nationally acclaimed speakers right to your door as part of the
fall conference. This year is no exception. The planning committee has been
working diligently on securing experts in the fields of crisis and emergency
management to engage you in insightful conversations. I am excited to introduce
to you the 11th annual conference, “Emergencies in Healthcare,” which will be held on October 25 at the Scripps Schaetzel
Center in La Jolla. The speakers will bring various perspectives from the war
zones, border health and safety, local emergencies, traumatic events, and
disaster management, to name a few. A morning keynote will feature Robin Davis,
MPA, CEM, CHPCP, Director of Disaster Management for Memorial Hermann Health
System in Houston, TX. Mr. Davis oversees disaster preparation, response and
recovery for the 15-hospital system. He has coordinated responses for H1N1
virus, Ebola, Super Bowl 51, and Hurricane Harvey. Be sure to visit our website
for additional information and a complete list of the day’s panelists.
Don’t miss an opportunity to register as seating is limited. SOHL will
once again offer 4.5 ACHE face-to-face education credits.
While the end of October is just around the corner, SOHL is working on
offering several other exciting and engaging local events that I encourage you
to attend. Check out the calendar on http://sohl.ache.org/
for more details and to register.
Remember, as a SOHL member you have access to all ACHE has to offer.
Don’t delay and take advantage of the webinars, educational materials, and
networking opportunities that are available to you on the national level.
Once again, thank you for your engagement and support!
Dasha Dahdouh, MPH
SOHL Chapter President