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) four 2017-2022 Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities (phe.gov)
Capability 1: Foundation for Health Care and Medical Readiness
Capability 2: Health Care and Medical Response Coordination
Capability 3: Continuity of Health Care Service Delivery
Capability 4: Medical Surge
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 Nevada Tribal Emergency Coordinating Council (NTECC) 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. HCCs bring together individual health care and response organizations in a defined geographic area to prepare health care delivery systems to respond to emergencies and disasters. HCCs collaborate to respond to emergencies and other events, including medical equipment and supplies, real-time information, communication systems, and educated and trained health care personnel in the event of an emergency.
- Inter-Hospital Coordinating Council (serves Washoe County)
- Quad-County Health Care Coalition (serves Carson City, Douglas, Lyon and Storey Counties)
- Rural Healthcare Preparedness Partners (serves all rural counties)
- Southern Nevada Healthcare Preparedness Coalition (serves Clark County)