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Healthcare: emergency preparedness

HCPR Capabilities, HPP Cooperative Agreement, and CMS Drive Healthcare Preparedness

healthcare preparedness is driven by sticks and carrots through regulation and programs

CMS Emergency Preparedness
ASPR Hospital Preparedness Program
HCPR Capabilities
Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Resources

emergency support function #8: public health and medical services

emergency support function #8 requires the knowledge, resources and expertise of the public health and healthcare systems

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Per the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Medicine (Healthcare) is:

  • Primary focus on individual
  • Personal service ethic, in the context of social responsibilities
  • Emphasis on disease diagnosis, treatment, and care for the individual patient
  • Medical paradigm places predominant emphasis on medical care
  • Uniform system for certifying specialists beyond professional medical degree
  • Biological sciences central, stimulated by needs of patients; research moves between laboratory and bedside
  • Numerical sciences increasing in prominence, though still a relatively minor part of training
  • Social sciences tend to be an elective part of medical education

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Per the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Public Health is:

  • Primary focus on populations
  • Public service ethic, as an extension of concerns for the individual
  • Emphasis on disease prevention and health promotion for the whole community
  • Public health paradigm employs a spectrum of interventions aimed at the environment, human behavior and lifestyle, and medical care
  • Variable certification of specialists beyond professional public health degree
  • Life sciences central, with a prime focus on major threats to the health of populations; research moves between laboratory and field
  • Population sciences and quantitative disciplines essential features of analysis and training
  • Social and public policy disciplines an integral part of public health education

the coalition is where healthcare connects

The healthcare coalition is where healthcare providers and suppliers connect with public health, emergency management to cross-pollinate and share cost and effort 

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The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response describes healthcare coalitions (HCCs) as groups of individual health care and response organizations (e.g., hospitals, EMS, emergency management organizations, public health agencies, etc.) in a defined geographic location.

HCCs foster an environment of collaboration that helps each member be better prepared to respond to emergencies and manage planned events. Coalition's can provide access to medical equipment and supplies, real-time information, communication systems, and the services needed to build an educated and trained health care workforce.

The value of participating in an HCC is not limited to emergency preparedness and response. Day-to-day benefits may include:

  • Meeting regulatory and accreditation requirements
  • Enhancing purchasing power (e.g., bulk purchasing agreements)
  • Accessing clinical and non-clinical expertise
  • Networking among peers
  • Sharing leading practices
  • Developing interdependent relationships
  • Reducing risk
  • Addressing other community needs, including meeting requirements for tax exemption through community benefit

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