Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
It is important for Coalition developers to consider how executivelevel input from Coalition members will be incorporated into the HCRT during emergency response. In accordance with NIMS principles, this can be achieved through a MAC Group-like entity, which is named the Healthcare Coalition Senior Policy Group in this handbook. Example objectives for the Senior Policy Group include:
The Senior Policy Group is composed of the Chief Executive Officer, senior administrator, or their designee from each member organization, who has authority to make decisions, commit resources, and accept high-level risk for their organization. In a large Coalition, a process may be established to select representatives for the Senior Policy Group. The jurisdiction’s Public Health authority, EMS chief, and/or other Tier 3 authority may be invited to participate in advisory positions.
The Senior Policy Group assembles (often virtually) only as needed during incident response for briefings and to deliberate on strategic and policy-level issues. It may also assemble if concern arises regarding the functional effectiveness of the HCRT.
Senior Policy Group activities during emergency response and recovery generally include participating in briefings given by the HCRT Leader to maintain situational awareness among senior executives. The Senior Policy Group may provide strategic and policy guidance that the HCRT can implement. The Senior Policy Group does not become involved in operational management, tactical decision-making, or other issues addressed by the HCRT unless a strategic or policy imperative arises.
Support requirements for the Senior Policy Group are relatively simple and most will be accomplished through capabilities that support the HCRT. The additional requirements include the following:
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