The Preparedness Planning, Outcomes, and Measures (PPOM) Workgroup held its monthly call on March 28, 2017. Representatives from National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI) made a brief presentation including history and background of the index and provided an update on the newest release of the index. NHSPI also provided information on their Preparedness Innovator Challenge, announced earlier this month. Workgroup members finalized selected updates to Version 8.1 of Project Public Health Ready criteria related to the medical countermeasure dispensing section. This update provides clarity and additional guidance for criteria elements within medical countermeasure dispensing submeasure. The next call is scheduled for May 23, 2017. The April meeting is cancelled due to Preparedness Summit.
The (PPOM) Workgroup addresses topics such as measuring preparedness capabilities and outcomes, legal preparedness, administrative preparedness, and community engagement. This includes broad work with all fifteen Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) capabilities and related performance measures, with additional focus on PHEP Capabilities One and Two: Community Preparedness and Community Recovery. This group may also provide guidance and feedback for relevant NACCHO projects, including Project Public Health Ready. PPOM’s membership consists of local health officials, and public health preparedness professionals from across the United States. For more information, contact Sarah Summers, NACCHO staff lead for the PPOM Workgroup