Simon A. Chernack Conference on Crisis & Emergency Management

3rd Annual
Simon A. Chernack Conference

on Crisis & Emergency Management
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Registration: 9:30 am
Presentations: 10:00 am-3:30 pm
Boston University School of Medicine
Hiebert Lounge, 72 East Concord Street, Boston, MA

The Impact of Emerging & Converging Technologies on Emergency Management:

Helping Emergency Managers Work Smarter


Topics and Speakers:

10:00 am – 10:30 am — Welcome
Kevin “Kip” Thomas, Director, BU HEM
Neda Zovic

10:30 am – 12:20 pm
The Impact of Technology in the Public Health Space

10:30 am
11:20 am
Replikins, specific virus gene structures, give automated quantitative advance warning of outbreaks and their cessation, and virus mutations. Dr. Sam Bogoch, MD, PhD
Distinguished Senior Scholar
BUSM, Replikins, Inc.
11:30 am
12:20 pm
Leveraging technology for the management of medical waste in non-hospital settings in the community J.J. Burke, MS, Deputy Fire Chief Sandwich (MA) Fire Department
12:30 pm -1:30 pm
Lunch — Poster Session— Networking

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Impact of Technology in the Emergency Management Space

1:20 pm
1:30 pm
Technology & Recovery: Bridging the Gap Steven Leigh
Steven Leigh, Builder, Inc.
1:30 pm
2:20 pm
From Hospital to Community: Effective communications during a crisis Jeremiah Kunze, MS HEM & Brian Turner


2:30 pm
3:20 pm
BeSafe Technologies: Implementing proactive incident response systems for education, healthcare, and communities. Tom MacDonald, CEO BeSafe and Kevin Harrington, COO BeSafe

Conference Fee: $100 per person
(includes breakfast & lunch)

Register here

The Simon A. Chernack Annual Conference is conducted each year by the Healthcare Emergency Management Program at Boston University School of Medicine. This conference provides a forum for national and international emergency professionals, as well as the general public, to learn, discuss and share information about the most effective ways of planning for future crises and catastrophes and thus improve collaboration, security and health across the world.

This conference is named in memory of Simon Chernack, a former student and teaching assistant of the Healthcare Emergency Management (HEM) Master of Science program at Boston University. Simon started his career in emergency management and response at a very early age, helping his parents provide medical relief during the war in Croatia and Bosnia. Simon came to the HEM program in 2010, having completed his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. Following his graduation from the HEM program, Simon became the Emergency Management Coordinator for Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas, where he worked on pandemic and plague planning. He returned to Boston as a contractor for FEMA, specializing in nuclear and chemical response planning for urban environments. He held this position until his untimely passing on November 21, 2014.

Simon epitomized the values and virtues desired in an emergency management professional. This conference is a way to recognize Simon’s achievements and aspirations. A scholarship has been established in his name. The goal of this scholarship is to benefit students enrolled in the Healthcare Emergency Management Master of Science degree program at Boston University School of Medicine.