Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
Public health threats are always present. Whether caused by natural, unintentional, or intentional means, these threats can rapidly overwhelm public health and healthcare systems. It is increasingly important for healthcare systems and public health entities to promote innovation, reduce awardee burden, and improve communications, all while creating a lasting impact to advance preparedness programs and response efforts. Public Health and Healthcare Systems Evaluation provides the key information needed to determine how well the funding of State and local activities achieve these goals and improve the nation’s ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. ASPR, CDC and other Federal partners use this information to assess public health and healthcare system capacity and operational capabilities, identify gaps and areas needing improvement, develop technical assistance and other training to support State and local needs, and report to Congress and the public on the impact of the funding. Performance measures are currently derived directly from ASPR’s Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities: National Guidance for Healthcare System Preparedness and CDC’s Public Health Preparedness Capabilities: National Standards for State and Local Planning.
Improved coordination among Federal emergency preparedness programs is a high-level priority of many entities, including the White House National Security Staff, the Office of Management and Budget, and Hospital Preparedness Program and Public Health Evaluation Program awardees. With natural disasters and emergency events becoming increasingly common, a heightened need for improved and aligned healthcare systems preparedness and public health delivery has emerged. In July 2011, an Interagency Work Group from ASPR, CDC, HRSA, FEMA, and NHTSA signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), agreeing to cooperatively assess current preparedness grant programs and to engage in collaborative efforts to improve interagency grant coordination. The MOU establishes a formal framework that supports joint federal planning designed to focus investments and to improve and measure preparedness. In an effort to improve coordination among federal healthcare systems and public health emergency preparedness programs, two of the agencies, ASPR and CDC have aligned the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) and the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreements through development of key points of intersection. These include, but are not limited to:
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