Healthcare Coalition Articles

Whole Community Approach:  Defining the Concept

Whole Community Approach: Defining the Concept

In 2011, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released a document with a new approach that changed the way we respond to a disaster and began the work of building disaster resilient communities across the nation.  Although we as responders tend to act first, it is important to understand the background and true definition of this approach, so that we may build a proper foundation to our emergency response.

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Health Care Coalitions:  Poor Links to the Community

Health Care Coalitions: Poor Links to the Community

You have built a great coalition with a strong foundation, great leaders, and an effective system to get things done.  You have developed your goals and objectives, gathered "buy-in," and even have funding.  You should be moving forward and making progress, but have stalled a bit in getting your community involved.  Everything you and your coalition have been working towards are now facing an important barrier, Poor Links to the Community.

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Health Care Coalitions:  Structure and Leadership

Health Care Coalitions: Structure and Leadership

Have you ever been part of a coalition that you were excited for meetings and your role in moving its work forward?  You knew that you were a perfect addition and have all these wonderful ideas to share.  And once you finally become officially part of it, something changed.  You no longer had that spark and fire to move forward.  Unfortunately, you are not the only one.  Many coalitions start and end before reaching their end goals.  Coalitions will only exist as long as it is useful to its members.  When it disbands or fizzles out before achieving its goal, it is usually due to poor structure and leadership.

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Health Care Coalitions:  Gaining Buy-In

Health Care Coalitions: Gaining Buy-In

Gaining buy-in is all about speaking to people and understanding what their need is.  If you want people on your side and inline with your passions, you need to figure out how to reach them. 

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Health Care Coalitions:  Getting Started

Health Care Coalitions: Getting Started

Healthcare coalitions are being developed across the United States.  Some have been doing this for years, and others haven't even started.  Everyone's circumstances are different, but the fact is that we are now required to start or join a healthcare coalition if we receive preparedness funds. 

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Coalition Building: Priority One In 2014

Coalition Building: Priority One In 2014

On January 1st, the PHEP and HPP grant year will be half complete. For hospitals and others in the healthcare system who have accepted the HPP grant, time is running out to establish Healthcare Coalitions and meet other grant requirements. Healthcare Coalitions must integrate local health departments, emergency managent agencies and other representatives from the Whole Community into preparedness.

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