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STEERING COMMITTEE

The NECO Region 5 Steering Committee is comprised of representatives from Public Health, Hospitals, and RMRS in the 13-county NECO region. The committee is governed by the Executive Board which includes the Regional Public Health Coordinator, the Regional Hospitals Coordinator, the current Chairperson of both the Public Health and Hospital Planning Committees and the current Steering Committee Chairperson.
The committee meets quarterly to discuss regional issues and share updates. A number of workgroups have been formed under the umbrella of the Steering Committee to encourage collaboration across disciplines and address specific issues of concern in the region.

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PUBLIC HEALTH PLANNING COMMITTEE
The Public Health Planning Committee is comprised of health commissioners and other key emergency preparedness personnel from the health jurisdictions in the 13-county NECO region. The chair and vice chair of the committee represent Public Health at the quarterly Steering Committee meetings. The committee works together to address public health developments and issues in the region and a number of workgroups are in place to address specific regional Public Health planning. Meetings are held quarterly.

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HOSPITAL PLANNING COMMITTEE

The 30 hospitals in the NECO region are represented by the Hospitals Planning Committee of the Steering Committee. The chair of the committee represents Hospitals at the quarterly Steering Committee meetings. Their functional group focuses on issues related to regional hospital planning.  Meetings are held monthly.

REGIONAL COORDINATORS

There are two regional coordinators representing Public Health and Hospitals.  They, along with the current Chairpersons of the Public Health and Hospital Planning Committees and the current Steering Committee Chairperson, make up the Executive Board of the Steering Committee.

Sandy Waino is the NECO Region 5 Public Health Coordinator. She is responsible for coordinating emergency preparedness activities for 27 public health agencies in a 13-county region.

Sandy can be reached by phone at 330-926-5754 or via email at swaino@schd.org
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Sarah Metzger is the NECO Region 5 Hospitals Coordinator and the Administrative Director of the Akron Regional Hospital Association. She coordinates emergency preparedness activities for Akron Regional Hospital Association membership and facilitates a grant from Health and Human Services through the Ohio Department of Health, focused on enhanced emergency preparedness activities for healthcare for a 13-county region. Sarah attends various local, regional and state meetings to represent hospitals' issues related to emergency readiness and facilitates the disbursement of approximately $1.6 million in grant dollars annually.

Sarah can be reached by phone at 330-873-1500 or via email at smetzger@arha.org

STEERING COMMITTEE WORKGROUPS
   
 
 
PUBLIC HEALTH PLANNING WORKGROUPS
COMMUNITY CONTAINMENT

The mission of the Community Containment Workgroup is coordination of Isolation/Quarantine and community containment policies, procedures and plans. Anyone wishing to participate may contact Sandy Waino at swaino@schd.org.

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EPIDEMIOLOGY

The mission of the Epidemiology Workgroup is to foster and strengthen the epidemiological response capacity of each jurisdiction and to improve the health of all the residents in NECO Region 5. Goals include:

  • Coordination of communicable disease investigations
  • Coordination of infectious disease surveillance programs
  • Regional management of events which cross jurisdictional boundaries
  • Sharing of local health department resources among the jurisdictions
  • Emergency response, including emergency communications, planning occurs cooperatively and is exercised appropriately for an effective public health response.
  • Information sharing among public health partners, including new ideas, tools, and programs.

Meetings are held quarterly. Anyone wishing to participate may contact Sandy Waino at swaino@schd.org.

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MASS DISPENSING / SNS

The mission of the Mass Dispensing Workgroup is to assure that plans related to mass dispensing are similar across NECO Region 5 and to identify regional capabilities where resources will be needed in order to accomplish the mission of mass prophylaxis or vaccination during a public health emergency.

Meetings are held as needed. Anyone wishing to participate may contact Sandy Waino at swaino@schd.org.

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MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS (MRC)

The mission of the Medical Reserve Corps Workgroup is to implement and maintain an active Medical Reserve Corps in all Northeast Central Ohio counties. The main focus of the group is networking and sharing of goals and direction. Anyone wishing to participate may contact Sandy Waino at swaino@schd.org.

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PLAN REVIEW

The mission and purpose of the Plan Review Workgroup is to coordinate the development and integration of Public Health plans among regional partners. The goal is to develop a capability-based, all-hazards, regional incident management Public Health guidance document.

Meetings are held as needed. Anyone wishing to participate may contact Sandy Waino at swaino@schd.org.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER (PIO)

The mission of the Public Information Officer Workgroup is to establish partnerships before an event to ensure consistent messages during the event. Anyone wishing to participate may contact Sandy Waino at swaino@schd.org.

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RADIOLOGIC

The mission of this group is to collaborate with local healthjurisdictions to develop consistent radiological plans that can be utilized throughout the region.

Anyone wishing to participate may contact Sandy Waino at swaino@schd.org.

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