Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
To ensure that U.S. health care providers and facilities are prepared to safely identify, isolate, transport, and treat patients with Ebola and other emerging infectious disease threats, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), through its Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), funds a Regional Treatment Network for Ebola and Other Special Pathogens.
This network consists of:
In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ASPR’s HPP also funds the National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC) . NETEC is co-led by Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia; University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska; and Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City, New York, all three of which have successfully treated patients with Ebola. NETEC offers training, resources, readiness assessments, and expertise to help members of the Regional Treatment Network for Ebola and Other Special Pathogens prepare for pandemics and other emerging threats related to infectious disease outbreaks.
HPP also provides funding for health care coalitions (HCCs) to conduct trainings and exercises to prepare the overall health care system to respond swiftly and safely to an outbreak of Ebola. Recipients of Ebola funding strive to meet a series of performance measures designed to monitor progress and measure the impact of preparedness activities on the health care system.
HCCs that conduct these activities also enhance preparedness for other novel, highly pathogenic diseases, supporting broad-spectrum health care readiness in the process. HPP’s support for local health care systems proved essential during the 2014 Ebola outbreak and continues to play a key role in maintaining health care preparedness and response capabilities related to infectious disease.
ASPR developed the Regional Treatment Network for Ebola and Other Special Pathogens Report for Congress. The report demonstrates the department’s plans, including funding and timetables, for each tier in the regional system outlining capabilities for infrastructure, training, and other key parameters, such as waste management.
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