Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
From large-scale disasters like Hurricane Harvey in 2017 to smaller local events like winter heating crises, the health care system provides vital care in the wake of disasters. Ensuring high-quality patient care during disasters and other surge incidents relies largely on coordination and collaboration among health care stakeholders.
For 15 years, ASPR has strengthened our nation’s health care system through the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), which is the only source of federal funding that supports regional health care system preparedness. HPP focuses on building health care coalitions (HCCs), which incentivize diverse and often competitive healthcare organizations with differing priorities to work together to prepare for and respond to events that threaten the public’s health. Serving as both coordinating entities and response bodies, HCCs ensure that their members have the necessary medical equipment and supplies, real-time information, communication systems, and trained personnel to respond to emergencies.
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