The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of State and Local Readiness (DSLR) published the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Capabilities in March of 2011. Formally titled the Public Health Preparedness Capabilities: National Standards for State and Local Planning, the capabilities remain in effect today.
The PHEP Capabilities represent a national public health standard for state and local preparedness that better prepares state and local health departments for responding to public health emergencies and incidents and supports the accomplishment of the10 Essential Public Health Services. Each of the public health preparedness capabilities identifies priority resource elements that are relevant to both routine public health activities and essential public health services.
The Capabilities create national standards for public health preparedness capability-based planning and will assist state and local planners in identifying gaps in preparedness, determining the specific jurisdictional priorities, and developing plans for building and sustaining capabilities. These standards are designed to accelerate state and local preparedness planning, provide guidance and recommendations for preparedness planning, and, ultimately, assure safer, more resilient, and better prepared communities.
The CDC identified the following 15 capabilities as the basis for state and local public health preparedness:
The HCPR Capabilities document is organized into four sections—one for each capability. Each capability has a goal and a set of objectives with associated activities. Definitions of capability goal, objective, and activity are defined below.
- Goal: The outcome of developing the capability
- Objective: Overarching component of the capability that, when completed, helps achieve the goal
- Activity: A task critical for achieving an objective
ASPR believes that Individual health care organizations, HCCs, and jurisdictions that develop the Capabilities will:
- Help patients receive the care they need at the right place and at the right time.
- Decrease deaths, injuries, and illnesses resulting from emergencies.
- Promote health care system resilience in the aftermath of an emergency.
Remember! The Healthcare Preparedness and Response Capabilities are guidance, not grant deliverables or a regulatory requirement. They only become a grant requirement if included as a deliverable within the healthcare coalition's sub-award (grant from state)