Project Abstract Summary
This application outlines the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s (KDPH) proposal for the funding opportunity titled, “2019 – 2024 Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Cooperative Agreement CDC-RFA-TP19-1901”. KDPH’s Public Health Preparedness Branch has the primary responsibility for managing this cooperative agreement for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Public Health Preparedness Branch’s vision statement is, “Public Health Prepared, Kentuckians Protected.” Receiving federal funds will ultimately support this vision statement and will strengthen the capability of Kentucky’s public health and healthcare systems to prepare for, respond to and recover from evolving threats or any all-hazards event that may occur within the Commonwealth. This proposal provides clear priorities with explanations of activities to include and projected outcomes based upon defined preparedness strategies and implementation of an active planning, organizing, equipping, training and exercise/evaluation program. KDPH’s overarching goal is to strengthen and enhance the readiness of public health and healthcare systems throughout the state to save lives during emergencies or disasters, especially those that overwhelm the capabilities of local communities.
Federal funding will support Kentucky’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program to meet the goals and activities listed in the cooperative agreement. In addition, Kentucky’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program will advance preparedness activities for Emergency Support Function (ESF) #8 – Public Health and Medical Services based upon the following expected outcomes:
• Timely intervention of public health intervention and control measures;
• Continuity of emergency operations throughout the surge of public health incident;
• Timely communication of situations awareness and risk information by public health partners;
• Timely procurement and expedited staffing (hiring or reassignment) to support medical countermeasure distribution and dispensing;
• Timely coordination and support of response activities with health care and other partners;
• Earliest possible identification and investigation of an incident with public health impact;
• Established public health recommendations and control measures for all-hazards;
• Prioritized services and resources sustained throughout all phases of emergencies and public health incidents;
• Enhanced systems to prevent and/or reduce morbidity and mortality from public health incidents whose scale, rapid onset, or unpredictability stresses the public health and health care systems;
• Improved strategies that focus on early recovery and return of the public health system to pre-incident levels or improved functioning.
Throughout the 5-year performance period of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2024, KDPH will coordinate with Kentucky’s local, state and federal agencies to maintain public health and healthcare systems preparedness. PHEP outcomes will be achieved from domain activities and outputs included in the proposed work plan that incorporates the strategies identified in the PHEP Logic Model. Ultimately, these outcomes will prevent or reduce morbidity and mortality from public health incidents and result in the earliest possible recovery.