January 20 – 21, 2021
Full Conference Sessions
January 22 – 24, 2021
Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center
350 Harbor Dr
Duluth, MN 55802
Pre-hospital, first responder, & emergency/trauma providers.
“The Critical Role of EMS in our Nation’s Resilience”
Saturday, January 25, 2020 | 8:15am – 9:45am
Daniel Kaniewski, PhD – Deputy Administrator for Resilience, FEMA
As Deputy Administrator for Resilience, Daniel Kaniewski leads all of FEMA’s pre-disaster programs including those aimed at preparing individuals and communities for disasters, enhancing capabilities of state and local response agencies, strengthening vulnerable infrastructure, insuring against catastrophic losses, and supporting continuity of operations/government. He was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 14, 2017 and is currently FEMA’s second ranking official.
Prior to joining FEMA he led the Global Resilience practice at AIR Worldwide, a catastrophe risk modeling firm. He was also a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security.
He previously led the resilience mission area at a U.S. Department of Homeland Security research and development center. Earlier he was Assistant Vice President and Deputy Director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. Kaniewski was Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Senior Director for Response Policy in the George W. Bush Administration, where he managed over 200 Presidential disaster declarations.
Prior to his White House service he co-founded the Homeland Security Policy Institute. He earlier held positions at FEMA, the Congressional Fire Services Institute, and on Capitol Hill. Dan began his career in homeland security as a firefighter/paramedic. Kaniewski has served on the adjunct faculty of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, on the District of Columbia Homeland Security Commission, and as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from George Washington University, an M.A. in National Security Studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and a B.S. magna cum laude in Emergency Medical Services from George Washington University.
“Taking Care of Our Own”
Friday, January 24. 2020 | 8:15am – 9:45am
Patricia Watson, Psychologist, National Center for PTSD
This keynote will feature the journey to develop programs and deliver trainings related to mechanisms of coping and mental health well-being in preparation and mitigation of the stress associated with the public safety occupations. She will discuss her journey over the last 20 years of developing post-disaster early intervention and peer support programs for first responders. The presentation will introduce an evidence-based self-care and peer support framework called Stress First Aid (SFA), which is designed to be attentive to multiple sources of stress, practical, flexible, and tailored to the specific styles and needs of those involved.
Patricia Watson, Ph.D. is a senior educational specialist for the National Center for PTSD, assistant professor at Dartmouth Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry, and former assistant director of terrorism and disaster programs for the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. Prior to joining the National Center for PTSD in 1998, she was an active duty Navy psychologist for eight years, working with adults for four years, and children and families for four years. She has co-authored the Psychological First Aid (PFA) Field Guide and the Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) Manual, the Combat Operational Stress First Aid (COSFA) Field Guide, and Curbside Manner and Stress First Aid for Firefighters and Emergency Services Personnel, as well as co-edited three books on disaster behavioral health interventions, and numerous articles, guidance documents, and chapters on disaster mental health, combat and operational stress, early intervention, and resilience. Special areas of professional interest include: science-to-service interventions, early intervention treatments for trauma, trauma in children and adolescents, and growth aspects of trauma. Her education includes a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Catholic University, and a postgraduate fellowship in pediatric psychology at Harvard Medical School.
“Prioritizing Sleep: The Swiss Army Knife of Wellness”
Saturday, January 25, 2020 | 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Paul Nystrom, Assistant Chief Medical Director, Hennepin EMS
Our sleep is something we often cut short for any number of reasons or even no reason at all! And we intuitively know we need to get more. But do we really? What actually happens when we sleep? What are the downsides of not getting enough? Dr. Nystrom will explain why we ABSOLUTELY need to prioritize our sleep and the damaging effects if we don’t. You will leave this session with practical ideas and solutions so you can start sleeping better immediately.
Dr. Nystrom is the Assistant Chief Medical Director for Hennepin EMS, Medical Director for Edina Fire and also provides medical direction to multiple other suburban fire and law enforcement agencies. His areas of expertise include nutrition and exercise, specifically as it relates to public safety personnel, tactical EMS, and mental toughness. He is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Nystrom also works as a sworn law enforcement officer with the Plymouth police department.