Following the 9/11 terror and anthrax attacks, the Federal Government established funding for medical surge capability and capacity during disasters, led by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HSS) through the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The Minnesota Department of Health, via the Minnesota Healthcare System Preparedness, uses this funding to improve surge capacity and enhance community and hospital preparedness for public health emergencies.
A portion of that funding that began in 2002 allowed the National Healthcare Preparedness Coalition (NHPC) to deepen its already established commitment to working together. The mission of the NHPC is to provide a collaborative environment where healthcare, public health, emergency management, EMS and other response agencies can plan, exchange information and analyze hazards in an effort to mitigate the impacts of a natural, human, or technological disaster. As a region we work to build capacity and capability that can’t be achieved alone. Through collaborative planning, training, exercises, and coordination of resources, the coalition leads a regional effort to develop a streamlined response to emergencies.
How does the NHPC accomplish this?
- Coalition meetings (four times per year)
- Participation agreements
- Regional exercises
- Regional capability based training opportunities
- Outreach to like minded organizations / agencies / groups
- Response planning workgroups
- Under One Roof Conference
- Northeast Multiagency Coordination (NEMAC) (Response)
The NHPC is an indicator of Minnesota’s leadership in responding to the need for coordination in the health care system. In the past decade, extensive planning and implementation has led to an alignment with members from the seven-county, three tribe Arrowhead Region that include:
- Public / Tribal Health Departments
- Emergency Management Agencies
- Long Term Care Facilities
- NGOs / VOADs
- Emergency Medical Services
- Private Industry and Other Like-Minded Organizations