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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Partnership for Disaster Health Response Cooperative Agreement

The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) is supporting the development of demonstration projects that address health care preparedness challenges, establish best practices for improving disaster readiness across the health care delivery system, and show the potential effectiveness and viability of a Regional Disaster Health Response System (RDHRS). Over three years and in three states, ASPR has invested over $15 million in these RDHRS demonstration projects.

On September 27, 2018, HHS ASPR awarded two $3 million cooperative agreements to demonstrate how a new RDHRS supports the provision of immediate medical specialty care, including trauma, burn or other specialty care, during a national emergency. Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts received the cooperative agreements from ASPR’s Hospital Preparedness Program to conduct pilot projects that show the potential effectiveness and viability of an RDHRS. In 2019, an additional $1.5 million was awarded to these sites for Year Two of the pilot.

On September 30, 2020, HHS ASPR announced that it is building on the success of these original RDHRS pilot sites by awarding a $3 million cooperative agreement to Denver Health and Hospital Authority to stand up a demonstration project. They additionally announced continued funding for the third year of the existing RDHRS pilot, providing $1.5 million to Nebraska Medicine and $1.6 million to Massachusetts General Hospital. The three recipients will focus on building and maturing the multi-state partnerships to demonstrate the potential effectiveness and viability of an RDHRS.

RDHRS Overview and Cooperative Agreement Recipients

RDHRS Overview    Region 1 Regional Disaster Health Response System

Nebraska/Region VII Disaster Health Response Ecosystem    Mountain Plains Regional Disaster Health Response System

RDHRS Response During COVID-19

Cooperative Agreement Recipients

NOFO and Grant  Application InstructionsFrequently Asked Questions




  • This page last reviewed: February 17, 2021