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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 FY20 Administrative Supplement; 2) partially funded by these administrative supplements and by the facility or other health care entity; or 3) supported by allowable staff positions fully- or partially-funded by these administrative supplements

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


In the context of this administrative supplement, this term applies to RESPTCs, defined below as ‘sub-recipient’

Health Care Worker

A health care worker is any worker who provides clinical health care services (i.e., doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians, x-ray technicians, EMS, etc.)


Hospital 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 special pathogen 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 infectious or 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 Precautions.3


National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center


Personal Protective Equipment


Public Safety Answering Point

Program Performance Measure

The national-level performance measure used by ASPR to monitor and evaluate the performance of recipients and sub-recipients funded through the RESPTC FY20 Administrative Supplement. Result is typically calculated by ASPR based on Data Points reported by RESPTCs


Regional Ebola and other Special Pathogen Treatment Center


For this cooperative agreement, recipients are state and jurisdictional health departments who receive awards from ASPR’s Hospital Preparedness Program through the  RESPTC FY20 Administrative Supplement. Formal definitions of recipients can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations (2 CFR 200.1)4


RESPTCs that receive a sub-award from a Recipient through the RESPTC FY20 Administrative Supplement. Formal definitions of sub-recipients can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations (2 CFR 200.1)5


The 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.6

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

4 Electronic Code of Federal Regulations. Updated September 2020. Accessed September 2020.

5 See above citation.

6 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