IAEM-USA Healthcare Caucus


Chair: Jason Chenault, CEM, healthcare@iaem.com

Vice Chair: Kristen N. Kolleda

Vice Chair: Teri L. Axman, CEM

Board Liaison: Randy Pommenville, CEM, IAEM-USA Region 7 President, iaem.r7@iaem.com

Staff Liaison: Alex Tyeryar, alex@iaem.com

IAEM-USA members interested in participating in this caucus should email the caucus staff liaison and tell them how you can contribute to or learn from this committee's important work.

Purpose Statement | Concept of Operations | Standing Goals | Meeting Schedule | Membership Policy
| Associate Members | Listserve | News | Documents | Caucus Webinar Recordings

Purpose Statement

The mission of the IAEM-USA Healthcare Caucus is to represent emergency management issues unique to the hospital and healthcare setting. Although a part of the communities to which they serve, healthcare institutions and organizations have special and sometimes unique considerations when preparing their patients, staff, and visitors for responding to, recovering from and mitigating against emergencies. The purpose of the caucus is to provide emergency managers within the healthcare arena a voice on a national and international scale to ensure their needs are being addressed by government and industry officials. (from the 3/2010 Bylaws)

Healthcare Caucus Concept of Operations

  • Host alternating, monthly membership and leadership information sharing sessions for HCC members on the topic of Healthcare Emergency Management. These meeting are held via conference call throughout the year and in-person at the IAEM Annual Conference.
  • Regional Representatives and HCC liaisons to other IAEM Committees and Caucus provide a link between activities in the different emergency management sector missions and provide information about HCC capabilities, subject matter information and projects.
  • If you wish to join the IAEM-USA Healthcare Caucus, please visit our Google Group.
  • If you have questions about joining, please email Healthcare@iaem.com

Standing Goals (from the 3-2010 Bylaws)

In addition to the annual goals and priorities established at the IAEM-USA Annual Conference, the Caucus will always address the following standing goals:

  • Goal #1: To promote the importance of developing organized, comprehensive, all-hazard and integrative emergency management at all levels within healthcare.
  • Goal #2: To facilitate networking, communication and best-practice sharing between healthcare emergency management practitioners.
  • Goal #3: To promote the inclusion of healthcare emergency management practitioners in the multi-jurisdictional, multi-disciplined and multi-hazard emergency planning conducted at the facility, local, regional, state and federal levels.
  • Goal #4: To facilitate awareness of current legislative and planning issues in emergency management and interpretation of their effects on healthcare.
  • Goal #5: To promote professionalism and professional development of healthcare emergency management practitioners and/or programs.

IAEM Healthcare Caucus 2023 Meeting Schedule

General Membership: The IAEM-USA Healthcare Caucus General Membership meets via conference call every 4th Friday of the odd months at 11:30-12:30 p.m. EST. 

2023 Caucus General Membership Meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • Jan. 27, 2023
  • Mar. 24, 2023
  • May 26, 2023
  • July 28, 2023
  • Sept. 22, 2023
  • Nov. 2023: This meeting will held during the IAEM 2023 Annual Conference in Long Beach, CA (specific date to be determined).

To add these meetings to your calendar, please email healthcare@iaem.com and a Microsoft Teams invite will be sent to you.

To add these to your calendar, please visit: https://signup.com/go
SignUp does not require an account. It will let you pick the meetings you want to attend, and then it will let you add them to your calendar. The meeting invites will include the GoToMeeting or call-In information, and it will also send you a reminder. Signing up this way does not commit you to the meeting. It just helps get it on your calendar.

Membership Policy

To be an official member of the IAEM-USA Healthcare Caucus, as reported to the IAEM-USA Board, an individual must:

  • Be a member of IAEM in good standing.
  • Have attended at least one caucus meeting within the last year.


All members of this caucus shall be designated as a healthcare emergency management practitioner, or have a majority interest in healthcare emergency management within their profession.

A “healthcare emergency management practitioner” is defined as an individual who is working or volunteering in the healthcare arena and whose primary duties include the addressing the four phases of emergency management within that arena.

It is strongly encouraged, although not required, that caucus members possess CEM/AEM certification.

Associate Members

The designation of “Associate Member” may be granted to any current IAEM-USA member who serves in a tangential, but related role, to healthcare emergency management. It is only a form of recognition. It does not reflect any special role, responsibility, position, status, or privilege with respect to the Caucus.

IAEM Healthcare Google Group List Serve

The IAEM Healthcare Google Group is open to anyone working in or affiliated with healthcare emergency management. Vendors, with the intent of selling to this group are prohibited, which allows the list serve to be a forum for best practice sharing within healthcare emergency management practitioners. To join the IAEM Healthcare Google Group, start here: https://groups.google.com/u/o/g/iaem-healthcare.

IAEM-USA Healthcare Caucus News

  • IAEM Health Care Caucus Featured in Webinar with The Joint Commission (4 April 2023) HHC Chair Jason Chenault, CEM, and HCC Member Nate Almeida, CEM, were featured speakers during The Joint Commission Webinar on April 4, 2023, hosted by Tim Markijohn. The webinar, "Webinar Presentation with IAEM" may be viewed on Vimeo.
  • IAEM-USA Signs on to Informal Coalition Letter Supporting Nomination of Dr. Robert Kadlec as HHS assistant secretary for Preparedness and Response (21 Aug 2017) IAEM-USA signed on to a letter to the chair and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions from an information coalition of 12 organizations on biodefense and public health preparedness to support the nomination of Robert Kadlec, MD, MS, as the assistant secretary for Preparedness & Response, Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Dr. Kadlec has a long history of public service and strong expertise in public health policy, intelligence and preparedness. He spent 26 years as a career officer and physician in the United States Air Force, serving in several senior positions in the White House, the U.S. Senate, and the Department of Defense. Dr. Kadlec is currently the majority deputy staff director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He served as the special assistant to the President and senior director for biodefense policy on the Homeland Security Council, where he was responsible for conducting a biodefense end-to-end assessment, which culminated in drafting the National Biodefense Policy for the 21st century. Dr. Kadlec’s contributions to biodefence, biosecurity, public health preparedness and response are a testament to his knowledge of issues facing HHS in securing a healthy future for all Americans. Download the letter to learn more.

IAEM-USA Healthcare Caucus Webinar Recordings

Apr. 24, 2018
IAEM-USA Healthcare Caucus and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Webinar:
"Emergency Preparedness Final Rule"

Recording: The webinar recording is available to the public here.
Join Caecilia (Cece) Blondiaux, with the Quality, Safety & Oversight Group (QSOG) from CMS, who will provide a recap and updates on the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule. Ms. Blondiaux also will highlight and discuss key areas where CMS is seeing an increased number of deficiencies as related to the final rule. There will be approximately 20-25 minutes allotted for a question-and-answer session at the end of the webinar.

Mar. 23, 2017
IAEM-USA Healthcare Caucus & ASPR Webinar: “Understanding the New CMS Emergency Preparedness Requirement Final Rule”

Recording: The webinar recording is available for IAEM members here.
About the Webinar: Are you interested in learning more about the new CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule? How does the final rule impact more than just hospitals? The IAEM-USA Healthcare Caucus has partnered with ASPR to conduct a two-part webinar series to discuss the new CMS Preparedness Final Rule. The first webinar on Mar. 23 focused on understanding requirements of the CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule and share resources available via ASPR TRACIE. The second webinar, which will focus on CMS interpretive guidance as it relates to the CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule, will be scheduled after release of the CMS interpretive guidance anticipated in May 2017.

June 2, 2016
IAEM-USA Healthcare Caucus Webinar: "Healthcare Coalitions: A Tale of Two Jurisdictions"

Recording: The webinar recording is available for IAEM members here.
About the Webinar: For a number of years, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has been funding local jurisdictions to form and maintain healthcare coalitions to plan for, respond to, and recover from disasters. Healthcare coalitions are comprised of healthcare providers across the spectrum – hospitals, public health, long-term care and primary care providers, EMS, and community mental health that come together to develop regional surge plans. The IAEM-USA Healthcare Caucus welcomed representatives from two healthcare coalitions – Sarah Seiler of the Metrolina Healthcare Preparedness Coalition in North Carolina and Dave Freeman of the Central Florida Disaster Medical Coalition – to see how these jurisdictions direct their work, fund, and effectively plan for regional surge.


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