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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Regional Disaster Health Response System

RDHRS Building Regional Solutions feature

About the RDHRS

 

Many communities do not have all the resources needed to respond effectively to a disaster. Regional coordination can increase access to important health care resources including burn centers, pediatric hospitals, labs, and outpatient services. Regional solutions may also help health care providers evaluate and treat patients faster, resulting in better patient outcomes.

ASPR is working to establish regional partnerships to address health care preparedness challenges, establish best practices, expand access to specialty clinical care, and increase medical surge capacity. ASPR’s Regional Disaster Health Response System (RDHRS) is a tiered system that builds upon and unifies existing assets within states and across regions to support a more coherent, comprehensive, and capable health care disaster response system able to respond to health security threats.

To create regional coordination, RDHRS has initiated pilot demonstration sites to establish and mature multi-state partnerships, building on local health care coalitions and trauma centers, and integrating local medical response capabilities with emergency medical services, burn centers, pediatric hospitals, labs, and outpatient services to meet overwhelming health care needs created by disasters.

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Now Accepting Applications!

ASPR has issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to expand the RDHRS to a fourth demonstration site. Applications are due on September 20, 2021.

ASPR hosted a Partnership for Disaster Health Response NOFO Technical Assistance Webinar on Monday, August 30 to answer questions related to the application. Please see the event materials here for reference:  Audio Recording | Transcript



Accomplishments

COVID-19 AccomplishmentsRDHRS Annual ReportsRDHRS Fact Sheet

Recipients

Region 1 RDHRSRegion 7 Disaster Health Response SystemMountain Plains RDHRS


About the Cooperative Agreement

Grant overview NOFO and Application InstructionsSelection Criteria Frequently Asked Questions


By the Numbers

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3
RDHRS demonstration sites

Region 1 RDHRS, Region 7 DHRE, and
Mountains Plains RDHRS


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60+
partners

State health departments, hospital associations, community health centers, regional and national specialty organizations

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$6M
invested in 2020

includes continued funding for existing demonstration sites and $3M to establish the Mountain Plains RDHRS

 

  • This page last reviewed: September 17, 2021