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Annex A: Acronyms and Glossary of Terms

Acronym Definition


HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response


An activity is considered ASPR-funded if it is: 1) fully funded by the RESPTC COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Activities Administrative Supplement; 2) partially funded by this administrative supplement and by the facility or other health care entity; or 3) supported by allowable staff positions fully- or partially-funded by this administrative supplement

Data Entity

The source organization providing a particular Data Point

Data Point

Individual data element reported by a recipient or sub-recipient used to calculate or assess the Program Performance Measure

EOCEmergency Operations Center
FacilityIn the context of this administrative supplement, this term applies to RESPTCs, defined below as ‘sub-recipient’
Health Care WorkerA health care worker is any worker who provides clinical health care services (i.e., doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians, x-ray technicians, EMS, etc.)
HPPHospital Preparedness Program
Infection Control

Infection control prevents or limits the spread of infection in health care settings and includes a range of activities such as:

  • training for health care worker safety when caring for a COVID-19 patient (e.g., Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donning/doffing, safe treatment protocols),
  • assessing and updating physical infrastructure (e.g., minor retrofitting and alteration of inpatient care areas for enhanced infection control donning/doffing rooms),
  • reconfiguring patient flow in emergency departments to provide isolation capacity for Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) for COVID-19 and other potentially infectious patients, expansion of telemedicine and telehealth for the purposes of infection control,
  • purchase of or preservation strategies for PPE optimization in accordance with CDC guidelines, and/or other activities in accordance with CDC guidelines for Transmission-based Precautions9
NETECNational Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center
NHPPNational Healthcare Preparedness Programs
NSPSNational Special Pathogen System, ASPR’s nationwide systems-based network approach that builds on existing infrastructure and investments in preparing for infectious disease outbreaks. NSPS supports the urgent preparedness and response needs of hospitals, health systems, and health care providers related to treating patients with special pathogens
PPEPersonal Protective Equipment
PSAPPublic Safety Answering Point
PUIPersons Under Investigation
Program Performance MeasureThe national-level performance measure used by ASPR to monitor and evaluate the performance of recipients and sub-recipients funded through the RESPTC COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Activities Administrative Supplement. Result is typically calculated by ASPR based on Data Points reported by RESPTCs
RESPTCRegional Ebola and other Special Pathogen Treatment Center
RecipientFor this cooperative agreement, recipients are state and jurisdictional health departments who receive awards from ASPR’s Hospital Preparedness Program through the RESPTC COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Activities Administrative Supplement. Formal definitions of recipients can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations (2 CFR 200.1)10
Sub-recipientEntities, such as RESPTCs, that receive a sub-award from a Recipient through the RESPTC COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Activities Administrative Supplement. Formal definitions of sub-recipients can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations (2 CFR—Part 200)
TriageThe sorting out and classification of patients or casualties to determine priority of need and proper place of treatment. During infectious disease outbreaks, triage is particularly important to separate patients likely to be infected with the pathogen of concern.11 For the purposes of these measures, activities may include rapid identification and isolation of a patient, approaches for the assessment, transport, and treatment of persons suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, alternative or innovative models to reconfigure patient flow or transition to inpatient care, identify alternate care sites (on facility grounds or within close proximity) and additional sites (offsite) for sub-acute care patients to increase capacity, training and technical support to EMS agencies and 9-1-1/Public Safety Answering Points on routing patients to the appropriate care setting, evolving protocols related to the dispatch of EMS for COVID-19 suspected patients, creation alternate care sites (e.g., temporary structures, etc.) to provide surge capacity for patient care

9 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed August 2020. Transmission-Based Precautions.

10 Electronic Code of Federal Regulations. Updated February 2022. Accessed February 2022.

11 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed July 2020. Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Triage of Suspected COVID-19 Patients in non-US Healthcare Settings: Early Identification and Prevention of Transmission during Triage.


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  • This page last reviewed: April 08, 2021