While significant progress has been made in many healthcare preparedness and response capability areas, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has identified the need to strengthen partnerships that facilitate rapid expansion of medical surge capacity, coordinate patient and resource movement, and quickly engage clinical specialists who can serve across jurisdictions to support the response. To that end, Denver Health, the University of Colorado Hospital, Childrens Hospital of Colorado, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will inform a structure for coordination of the medical aspects of disaster response for HHS Region 8. Representative subject matter experts from the partnership will come together to form the CO Regional Disaster Health Response System (CORDHRS) and will demonstrate five capabilities over the course of 12-months:
Build a Partnership for Disaster Health Response (Capability 1)
Align Plans, Policies, Processes, and Procedures Related to Clinical Excellence in Disasters (Capability 2)
Increase Statewide and Regional Medical Surge Capacity (Capability 3)
Improve Statewide and Regional Situational Awareness (Capability 4)
Develop Readiness Metrics and Conduct an Exercise to Test Capabilities (Capability 5)
As part of the cooperative agreement, the group will specify roles within the Partnership that augment and complement existing systems and processes. Through successful demonstration of the five capabilities, we envision CORDHRS will create the model structure (Figure) toward a new approach to disaster preparedness for Colorado and our Region.