Partnership for Healthcare and
Emergency Management

What is the Partnership for Healthcare & Emergency Management?

The Partnership for Healthcare and Emergency Management is a consortium of academic, healthcare, and emergency management professionals, both public and private, providing a foundation for leadership excellence in the Healthcare and Emergency Management. It is a hub for the collaborative development of programs and solutions to enhance security, resilience, and continuity for the healthcare sector.  


Trust Changes Everything

Partnership for Healthcare and Emergency Management

Trust Changes Everything

Partnership for Healthcare and Emergency Management

Trust Changes Everything

Partnership for Healthcare and Emergency Management

Trust Changes Everything

Partnership for Healthcare and Emergency Management

Trust Changes Everything

Partnership for Healthcare and Emergency Management

Goals for the Partnership

Promote Collaboration

We promote collaboration between partners. Not seeking to compete, we complement to complete for preventing, protecting against, responding to, and recovering from threatened or actual terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies that negatively impact the healthcare critical infrastructure sector.

Identify and Bridge

We help identify gaps and deficiencies in operational crisis management and resilience capabilities due to insufficient information sharing, command & control, interdependency clarity, knowledge of each-others operating procedures, and/or integrated decision-making, and more. 

Develop and Deploy

In collaboration with partners we develop applied research projects that answer questions and support assumptions and we continue with workforce development training to equip and keep practitioners ready. 


We offer on-going support, in a variety of forms, for healthcare institutions and practitioners. 

Best Practices

  • The partnership seeks to identify gaps in crisis management planning and proficiency, including recovering from simultaneous multi-incident crisis events.
  • As a partnership we seek to identify, share, and grow the best practices in the healthcare institutional preparedness to bolster security, resilience, and continuity so that healthcare professionals can deliver paitient care regardless of the challenges. 
  • We offer applied research / technical paper projects, workforce development, collaborative events, and consultation that are collaboratively developed to address specific issues in healthcare preparedness and security. 

Professional Development

We are in an ongoing process of developing courses for healthcare system preparedness. Based on industries’ input, SHSU-IHS has created a professional certificate program for system security that includes the following topics: 


Blending Healthcare Physical and Cyber Security Operations within Critical Infrastructure


Preventing Economic Espionage or Theft of Protected Health Information (PHI)


Effective Management of the "Insider Threat" in Healthcare Institutions


Pros and Cons of Security Drones and Security Robots within a Healthcare Environment


Using the Crisis Management and Resilience Process as a Tool for Protecting Healthcare Critical Infrastructure Operations


Integrating Process Safety with Healthcare Security Management as a DHS Approved Security Risk Countermeasure

This training certificate provides practitioners responsible for protecting critical infrastructure with skills and knowledge that can be immediately utilized to enhance security risk management operations, meet compliance requirements, AND be a value-added tool for achieving business objectives! 

Successfully complete any 5 of the 7 courses to earn a “Protecting Critical Infrastructure” Certificate from Sam Houston State University that confirms knowledge of innovative, proactive, value-added strategies to effectively protect critical infrastructure!

More are in development and will folllow. 

Get Connected

If you have interest in the following: 

  • Joining the Partnership for Healthcare and Emergency Managment
  • Applied Research or Technical Papers
  • Workforce Development Training
  • Events 

Please reach out to John Suarez, Project Manager for Healthcare and Public Health, or our main office. 

John Suarez, Project Manager II for Healthcare and Public Health


Project Manager II - Health & Public Health Sector
936-294-3079 (Ext. 4274)
Bio & Publications

816 17th St, Huntsville, TX 77340, Room A181

Events of Interest

The Texas Rural Health Association Annual Conference
SHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and Conroe Hyatt

Sept. 20-21, 2023

SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council / Regional Healthcare Preparedness Coalition Symposium
Galveston Island Convention Center at San Luis Resort 5600 Blvd in Galveston, TX.

Teaching a one day, pre-conference certificate course and two breakout sessions
October 25-27, 2023

The Partnership for Healthcare and Emergency Management Winter Roundtable 2023

Hosting and Presenting
December 14, 2023
9am - 3pm

Texas Hospital Association (THA) Annual Conference

February 15-16, 2024

The Association for Healthcare Preparedness Professionals (AHEPP) Annual Conference

February 26 - 28, 2024