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Hospital Preparedness Program
The Hospital Preparedness Program guides Indiana hospitals in fulfilling and maintaining the healthcare capabilities required by the federal government and coordinates preparedness responses among hospitals in the state to ensure the most efficient and effective response to any type of event. Such activities include State level planning for emergency hospital operations, medical volunteer planning and management, coordination of planning efforts among District hospital corporations, and maintaining coordination and communication with hospitals during emergency operations. All of these efforts are to ensure hospitals are ready to respond as needed to those impacted by an event that could occur in their community, their county or even their own building.
Public Health Preparedness Program
The Public Health Preparedness Program section acts as a source of technical expertise and support to local public health staff throughout Indiana in maintaining public health disaster preparedness. The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a list of 15 public health preparedness capabilities that are used to assist state and local planners in identifying gaps in preparedness, determining the specific jurisdictional priorities, and developing plans for building and sustaining capabilities. These capabilities can be broken down into the 6 following categories:
-Public Health Laboratory Testing
-Public health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation
Countermeasures and Mitigation
-Medical Countermeasure Dispensing
-Medical Material Management and Distribution
-Responder Safety and Health
-Emergency Operations Coordination
-Emergency Public Information and Warning
The Public Health Preparedness Program section helps support local public health partners through ten teams located within each of the ten Indiana districts. This section works with these teams in various areas and capabilities. Additionally, this section also administers the of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funding to local public health departments, coordinates planning and exercise efforts among local public health departments, and maintains coordination and communication with local public health departments during emergency operations.
Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) Coordinator
The SNS coordinator works closely with internal and external partners such as the Indiana State Police, Indiana National Guard, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies to work with requests for medical assets in response to disasters and pandemics. The SNS coordinator is involved throughout all the stages of receiving, storage, and staging of materials until the final distribution to hospitals and points of distribution. The SNS coordinator works closely with an assigned CDC Public Health Advisor throughout the process.
Training and Exercise
The Training and Exercise section consists of two separate program areas and provides coordinated statewide training and exercise support and guidance for the PHPER division staff, district staff, local health departments, as well as other various public health partners found at the federal, state, and local levels. Through a collaboration with state and federal partners and providers, the Training program assists with assessing training needs, developing new or identifying existing courses, providing support with requesting training courses, and direct delivery of a variety of training classes.
The Exercise program works with federal, state and local agencies, both public health and others, to plan, develop, conduct, and evaluate exercise activities and ensure that ISDH PHPER exercise documentation and conduct follows Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) standards and guidelines. Together with the Training Program staff, the Exercise Program staff represent ISDH and PHPER when the agency has a determined role in federal, state, and local exercise activities on the planning and exercise evaluation teams as well as during the State Training and Exercise Planning Workshop hosted annually by Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS).
The Logistics section is responsible for procurement, supply management, and asset tracking for the division to support daily operations as well as quick deployment during emergencies. Logistics plays a vital role in the support of other sections. Additionally, the Logistics section is responsible for maintaining the department’s two emergency special operations trailers: the Communications Trailer and the Medical Supply Unit.
The Planning section is responsible for developing emergency action plans that address mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery actions as they pertain to emergency situations and disasters. The planning sections also act as the Emergency Support Function – 8 (ESF-8) coordinator in the Indiana State Emergency Operations Center for health and medical services. The ESF-8 coordinator works with federal, state, and local health partners during an emergency to facilitate communication and resources.
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