HEALTHCARE SECURITY FORUM: A HIMSS EVENT
Boston, MA, Oct. 15-16, 2018
Austin W. Howe, MHS, CEM, is the Director of Business Continuity, Emergency Management and Security of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest (PPPSW), Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino (PPOSBC), Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA), and Planned Parenthood California Central Coast (PPCCC). His region is the largest within the organization which encompasses most of Southern California from the Mexican border to the Santa Barbara area. He has the responsibility of safety and continuity planning for 56 facilities and has been in his role for the past 9 years. He has been instrumental in handling crisis communications and implementing a national active shooter curriculum for 650 health centers in the aftermath of the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting. He also serves on the national Physical Security Affiliate Workgroup (PSAW) for Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA).
Most recently, Austin was designated by PPFA to lead a nation-wide and international continuity implementation program for 56 independent local affiliates in the United States and for the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) located regionally within London, Nairobi, Tunis, Brussels, and Bangkok. Lastly, Austin accepted a part-time instructor role in 2016 for graduate students at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) where Austin teaches business continuity, crisis communications, emergency management, and physical security elements for respective current and future business leaders. Austin is also a private consultant for susceptible facilities in natural or potentially man-made disaster areas.