The threat of a mass casualty incidents or medical surges incidents to the Nation’s hospital and healthcare system has always been present. For many trauma systems and emergency departments, it is simply part of normal daily operations. Preparing hospitals, healthcare systems and their public health partners to prevent, respond to, and rapidly recover from these threats is critical for protecting and securing the Nation’s healthcare system and public health. Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Public Health Preparedness (PHP) Program, Healthcare Preparedness Program (HPP) focuses on building Nevada’s healthcare system based on the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) eight Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities:
Capability 1: Healthcare System Preparedness
Capability 2: Healthcare System Recovery
Capability 3: Emergency Operations Coordination
Capability 5: Fatality Management
Capability 6: Information Sharing
Capability 10: Medical Surge
Capability 14: Responder Safety and Health
Capability 15: Volunteer Management
The Public Health Preparedness (PHP) program within the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) collaborates with many partners within the state of Nevada to implement and improve upon these capabilities. This program sub-grants funds to the local health authorities, including: Southern Nevada Health District, Washoe County Health District, Carson City Health and Human Services, and Nevada Community Health Services, as well as to the Nevada Hospital Association to promote and implement these capabilities within the local communities and healthcare systems of Nevada. The PHP program also works with the Inter-Tribal Emergency Response Commission to achieve outreach to Nevada’s Native Tribes, as well as partnering with the Nevada Division of Emergency Management, local emergency managers and private industry to continually demonstrate progress in Nevada’s preparedness and response efforts to public health emergencies; thereby promoting prepared and resilient communities across the state.
Nevada Healthcare Coalitions (HCCs)
The Healthcare Preparedness Program coordinates Nevada’s four healthcare coalitions (HCCs) listed below. The HCCs strive to accomplish the program measures and Healthcare Coalition Developmental Assessment (HCCDA) which address aspects of healthcare preparedness planning, response, recovery, and mitigation.
- Inter-Hospital Coordinating Council (serves Washoe County)
- Douglas County Health Coalition (serves Douglas and Carson City Counties)
- Rural Healthcare Preparedness Partners (serves all rural counties)
- Southern Nevada Healthcare Preparedness Coalition (serves Clark County)