Healthcare Coalitions as Response Entities

NACCHO released a fact sheet that describes the role of healthcare coalitions (HCCs) in emergency response. To develop this fact sheet, NACCHO conducted eight different key informant interviews with healthcare coalition representatives from across the country to learn more about the types of responsibilities conferred to the HCCS to respond during emergencies and what types of roles each HCC member has with respect to the overall HCC and jurisdictional response. Some HCC response roles included:

  • Sharing information and resources between HCC members and with other jurisdictional partners
  • Coordinating patient movement and evacuation
  • Conducting disease surveillance functions
  • Providing staff to support emergency operations centers

Additionally, the HCC representatives shared strategies and resources that they found helpful for building HCC response capacity in their regions. Examples of HCCs response were also included from the Boston Healthcare Preparedness Coalition in response to the Boston marathon bombings and from San Luis Obispo HCC in response to 2016 wildfires.

More resources on healthcare coalitions are available through ASPR TRACIE and planning guidance on HCCs can be found on the Hospital Preparedness Program website.

About Raymond Puerini

Raymond Puerini, MPH, is a Senior Program Analyst on the Environmental Health, Pandemic Preparedness, and Catastrophic Response team at NACCHO. His work includes sharing best practices for the distribution and dispensing of medical countermeasures and developing policy and guidance to support strategic national stockpile responses. Twitter: @Are_You_Ray_Dy

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