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Takeaways from the Preparedness Summit 2023

  • 1.  Takeaways from the Preparedness Summit 2023

    Posted 04-27-2023 12:49 PM
    Edited by Angie McPherson 04-27-2023 03:36 PM
    Hi all! I just got off the plane from the Preparedness Summit and I can say unabashedly that LHIT was a hit. We sent @Bob Brooks from Greene County, on scholarship to represent Local Health IT at a cybersecurity panel. He spoke with CISA Deputy Director Nitin Natarajan and Director of Security Services at Philips Janeine Charpiat on the importance of protecting against digital threats. You can watch the full panel here. 

    Bob did an awesome job representing IT -- we were so proud to have him up there. I personally learned some of the following takeaways:

    - CISA is seeing changes in victims, it is no longer just large corporations, local governments are at risk.
    - If we teach our workforce how to protect themselves and their families at home, it carries over to the workplace.
    - HHS has a new resource that includes free cybersecurity training and resources here.
    - CISA is looking into ChatGPT and other AI to send out recommendations later this year.
    - Make room in your budgets for cybersecurity compliance.

    @Kate Louther from Public Health Madison & Dane County joined us at the panel and we were able to get a picture (Seen below from left to right: Nitan Natarajan, Angie McPherson, Bob Brooks, and Kate Louther). Kate asked a great question in the panel (Timecode: 1:17:54) about how to advocate for a local health IT staff person for her health department. 

    CISA Deputy Director Nitin Natarajan, Angie McPherson, Bob Brooks, and Kate Louther
    We also met with @Adam Anderson who let us know that Tri-County Health Department in Denver had dissolved and he has been working to stand up a whole new health department in Adams County, which has been a big lift. 

    At the NACCHO booth, we had a line of people waiting to sign up to get their IT folks involved. If anyone else was at the summit and has additional takeaways to share with the group -- definitely respond to this thread and feel free to add to this conversation. We will be discussing more at our next virtual meeting, which will be on Thursday, June 1, at 1 pm ET. I can send out a calendar invitation but wanted to be sure to let you know. 
    Hope you all had a great week. It was really nice to meet up with LHIT in-person for lunch and we met with plenty of new people who will be joining us in Denver from July 10-13 for NACCHO 360.
    PS - If you're interested in coming out to NACCHO 360, I highly recommend getting your tickets soon, they are expected to sell out due to the space. Early bird rate ends this Friday, April 28. 

    Angie McPherson
    Senior Website Specialist
    National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
    Washington, DC DC