Partnership for Healthcare and Emergency Management

 The Institute for Homeland Security at Sam Houston State University

What is the Partnership for Healthcare & Emergency Management?

The Partnership for Healthcare and Emergency Management is a community 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.  


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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. 

Workplace Violence In Healthcare

Issues, Consequences and Best Practices for Prevention and Mitigation is written to be a broad-based reference and resource for those wanting to reduce Workplace Violence in healthcare facilities. The paper combines information from six Sam Houston State University, Institute for Homeland Security-sponsored papers, plus supplementary information added to further clarify the issues discussed. The authors of the selected papers are both academic and industry professionals, with a wealth of experience in multiple sectors.

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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 Operations to Maximize Efficiencies


The Reality of Economic Espionage in Healthcare and Emergency Management


The Insider Threat: A Very Real Risk in Healthcare and Emergency Management


Protecting Healthcare Critical Infrastructure Operations through the Crisis Management and Resilience Process


Using Project Management and Quality Tools to Increase Collaboration and Response with Industry Partners


Why Your Supply Chain May Be Your Most Critical Resources

This training certificate provides practitioners with skills and knowledge that can be immediately utilized to enhance security and safety objectives for healthcare and emergency management. 

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

John Suarez

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

IAHSS Annual Conference

Presenting TBD
Orlando, TX - April 29th, 2024 - May 1st, 2024

Annual LRGVDC Conference

Training Crisis Management and Emergency Supply Chain
May 9 - 10, 2024
South Padre Island, TX

IAHSS / PHEM Bimonthly Virtual Conversations

The Insider Threat in Healthcare and Public Health
May 16th, 2024

TDEM Annual Conference

May 28 - 31, 2024
Fort Worth, Texas

IAHSS / PHEM Bimonthly Virtual Conversations

Crisis Management and Resilience Model for Healthcare
July 16th, 2024

PHEM Summer Roundtable 2024 -

Venue TBD (SETRAC, COM, UT Health Houston, Texas Children's Hospital TMC) - 07/25/2024