Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Cooperative Agreement Project Abstract Summary
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the State Emergency Management Agency, along with our emergency response partners continue to operate on the philosophy that every emergency begins and ends locally. The state, working with local partners, will focus during this Budget Period to develop plans, conduct training and lead exercises designed to protect Missourians from the evolving threats and consequences of public health emergencies. We made a great deal of progress in the previous project period and look forward to continuing our momentum as we move forward. We intend to build on our accomplishments and continue work on activities that will, “strengthen and enhance the capabilities of the public health and health care systems to respond to evolving threats and other emergencies.” In this budget period we will be conducting activities across all domains and the majority of capabilities.
The activities were selected specifically to address gaps in planning, training, technology or to move projects started in the previous project period towards completion and will accomplish the following outcomes; the ability to quickly identify the agents that threaten the health of Missourians and the systems to recognize threats, outbreaks, and adverse incidents and successfully manage and control them. The tools needed to ensure the effective response and recovery from disasters and adverse public health events. Have the resources available to store and deploy the assets needed to save the lives of people in our state impacted by a bioterrorism event, infectious disease outbreak, public health incidents, as well as all other hazards. Local public health and medical partners have the plans, processes, procedures and strategies in place needed contain and mitigate the impacts of natural and man-made public health threats and disasters. Establish and maintain a scalable operational structure with processes that appropriately engage all critical stakeholders and support the execution of core public health and health care capabilities and incident objectives. Working with our public health and medical partners have systems and procedures in place to communicate timely, accurate, accessible information, alerts and warnings to health care providers, health care systems and to the general public. An integrated ESF 8 response model that effectively coordinates state and local public health, Healthcare Coalitions, healthcare systems, and all other ESF 8 partners throughout response and recovery. Local, regional and state planning efforts follow the Preparedness Cycle; “Plan, Organize and Equip, Train, Exercise, Evaluate and Improve” and are “Strategic, Operational and Tactical”.
As with the previous project period we will conduct strategic planning with our partners to lay the ground work for the way forward. We will review the activities we completed, look at the AAR and Improvement Plans from exercises and real events, conduct a gap analysis to determine what still needs to be completed, as well as examining the new grant requirements and develop a plan of action for the remainder of the project period.
In this budget period, we will be conducting activities and developing training to close this gap. The Local Public Health Agencies contract requires participation in Healthcare Coalitions; in this BP we will focus on strengthening the relationship between the LPHAs and the HCCs.