Mensch Holds 5th Community Safety Conference

Harrisburg –  Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) held his 5th Community Safety Conference on Wednesday, October 15 from 6pm to 8:30pm at the Quakertown Borough Hall. The conference is the fifth in a series of Community Safety Conferences held by Senator Mensch.

The topic of yesterday evening’s conference focused on “Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Management Services”.  The event featured Michael Wolf, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), Martin Raniowski, Deputy Secretary for Health Planning and Assessment for DOH, and Richard Gibbons, Director of the Bureau of Emergency Management Services for DOH.  The panel discussed the Department of Health’s actions when handling the aftermath of storms and floods, how they address the effect of health related issues, the department’s responsibility for all Emergency Management Services in the Commonwealth, and regulations that are being finalized for the new EMS legislation.

A presentation was also given on the benefits of PennDOT’s Pennsylvania Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) from LTAP Program Director, Lou Ferretti. LTAP is dedicated to transferring transportation technology through training, technical assistance, and other customer services to municipal elected officials and their staff. The LTAP program is designed to help Pennsylvania’s municipalities make the best use of their roadway maintenance dollars. PennDOT LTAP provides technical information and proven technologies dealing with roadway maintenance and safety methods to meet the growing demands on municipal governments.

The guest list included: elected officials, municipal managers, county executives, directors of county emergency services, sheriffs and police chiefs, road masters/public works directors, rescue squad chiefs, school district superintendents, school board directors, and hospital administrators, within the newly reapportioned 24th Senatorial District. This event was not open to the public.  Footage of the meeting will be available in the coming weeks on Senator Mensch’s website:

About the speakers:

Michael Wolf was confirmed as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health in May 2013. As the commonwealth’s top health regulator, Secretary Wolf heads one of the nation’s leading public health agencies with a budget of more than $800 million.

Under his leadership, the Department of Health is committed to modernizing the state’s health care system and improving access to essential health services for all Pennsylvanians. Secretary Wolf has worked to bring additional medical services to rural and underserved communities, increase funding for community health centers, improve telemedicine services, and expand important programs that attract and retain health care practitioners.

Pennsylvania native, Secretary Wolf previously served as the Executive Deputy Secretary for the department, providing operational oversight and managing the strategic direction of the agency.

Secretary Wolf holds leadership positions with several organizations including, the Health Policy Board, the Health Research Advisory Committee, and the eHealth Partnership Authority. He is also a member of the Children’s Health Advisory Council and the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council.

The Secretary is a graduate of Slippery Rock University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He also holds a Master’s in Business Administration with a focus on Global Management from the University of Phoenix.  Michael and his wife Lisa have a son and daughter. He is an advocate for promoting healthy habits among our youth and an avid sports enthusiast.

Secretary Wolf’s vision for Pennsylvania is one where every resident has access to affordable, high-quality health care, regardless of where in the commonwealth they reside.

Martin Raniowski is the Deputy Secretary for Health Planning and Assessment with the PA Department of Health.  As Deputy Secretary, he is responsible for monitoring, tracking, and analyzing the health status of Pennsylvania communities.  Raniowski oversees the management of the Bureaus of Health Planning, Community Health Systems, Laboratories, Epidemiology, Emergency Medical Services, Communicable Diseases, Public Health Preparedness, Health Promotion and Risk Reduction, and the Office of Health Equity.

Mr. Raniowski previously served as the Director for the Bureau of Health Planning with the Department of Health and in that role was responsible for overseeing the management of the Access to Primary Care program, the PA Loan Repayment program, the J-1 Visa waiver programs, the Community Challenge Grant programs, the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), SHIP Partnerships, health care workforce reports and the Health Policy Board.  Also, under his direction, the Bureau of Health Planning developed healthcare workforce reports that analyze the vitality of rural healthcare professions, such as physicians, physician assistants, dentists, dental assistants, registered nurses, and licensed practical nurses.

Prior to joining the Department, he served as the Senior Director, Public Advocacy & Strategic Alliances with the American Heart Association, and as a Senior Health Strategist, MultiState Associates.  Mr. Raniowski also served as a Legislative Research Analyst with Pennsylvania House of Representatives and as a Special Assistant to Governor Ridge.

Deputy Secretary Raniowski has a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Richard Gibbons currently serves as the Director of the Bureau of EMS for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Mr. Gibbons’ involvement with emergency services began over 30 years ago as a volunteer fire fighter, rescue technician, EMT and line-officer for a volunteer fire department.

His involvement in EMS includes management experience with ambulance agencies – having served as the Director of Operations for Community Ambulance in Venango County and CEO of EmergyCare, Inc. of Erie, PA., one of the largest ambulance agencies in the Commonwealth.

Along with that, Mr. Gibbons also has served as a regional EMS director for both EMMCO-West in Northwestern PA and later at Susquehanna EHS Council in central PA.

During his career, he has functioned as a paramedic, as well as an EMT-Instructor, BTLS, PALS and ACLS instructor and has lectured extensively across the Commonwealth on a variety of topics involving EMS, ranging from patient care, personal safety, risk management and customer service.

Louis Ferretti is the Program Director for the Local Technical Assistance Program for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.  The LTAP program is a $3.7 million statewide contract that provides local technical assistance and safety training for Pennsylvania’s 2600 municipalities.

During Mr. Ferretti’s years in the private sector, he has held many sales and management positions including: sales and marketing consultant, Director of Sales, Regional Sales Manager, Operations Manager, and Division Sales Trainer.

He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.

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Sarah Stroman
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