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The Massachusetts / Region 1 Partnership for Regional Disaster Health Response (MPRDHR, or “the Partnership”) is working to develop innovative mechanisms that link medical experts in healthcare disaster response with other key governmental and community partners and stakeholders to improve coordination of planning and response activities and enhance patient care during disasters.
The Partnership’s activities for the coming year focus on three priorities to:
Partnership activities will focus on promoting bidirectional communication and enhancing situational awareness of medical needs and issues in disaster response while integrating its activities into the existing plans and structures of its emergency management and healthcare partners.
The Partnership leverages existing strong relationships among statewide healthcare and governmental partners who are committed to improving the coordinated deliver of patient care during disasters.
Subject matter expert advisory groups will be formed within the Partnership to serve to advance the state’s planning for unique emergency scenarios. The expert advisory groups will consist of individuals from the hospitals and others within the Partnership who possess unique knowledge and skills in specific topic areas relevant to disasters.
The Partnership will convene meetings among the six HHS Region 1 Department of Public Health emergency preparedness directors and the ASPR Regional staff to brief them on the progress of the Partnership and to solicit their input on Partnership activities and decisions. The Partnership will also have an Executive Committee that oversees Partnership operations, manages finances, and ensures compliance with grant deliverables.
To measure the progress of the Partnership’s activities, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Emergency Preparedness Research Evaluation and Practice (EPREP) Program will join the Partnership to develop evaluation metrics for operational capabilities, as well as to design and conduct an exercise to test those capabilities.
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