Virginia Department of Health
PHEP Project Abstract Summary
The VDH overall preparedness strategy for the project period is to coordinate with state and local emergency management, public health, mental/behavioral health care providers, community and faith-based partners, the healthcare system, and state and local governments to provide and sustain a tiered, scalable, and flexible approach to attain needed disaster response and recovery capabilities while not jeopardizing services to individuals in the community. To accomplish this VDH will utilize the preexisting structure of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) and Hospital Preparedness (HPP) Programs comprised of thirty-five (35) Local Health Districts (LHDs), five (5) Public Health regions, and six (6) Healthcare Coalitions (HCCs). This BP will see us strengthening the coordination and interoperability of the PHEP and HPP Programs.
Virginia has adopted, and will continue to operate, a coordinated, collaborative, regional, all-hazards planning approach. Coordination of emergency response planning, funding allocation, surge capacity preparedness activities, and response actions have, and continue to be, focused primarily at the sub-state (local and regional) level. The collaborative effort in all program activities is supported through the combined resources of VDH, the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA), other state, regional and local public and private sector partners to include (but not limited to) the healthcare provider community as well as state and local government agency partners and citizen volunteers. Public health clinicians, functional experts, and scientists, public and private sector healthcare and mental health providers, health care administrators, emergency planners and managers, public information/risk communication specialists, Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers and coordinators, information technology managers and technicians work collaboratively under leadership within the VDH/VHHA partnership structure to accomplish program goals.