The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is committed to protecting the public’s health in the City of Chicago. In order to realize our vision of a well prepared and resilient Chicago, the mission of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Program and Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) is to help the City of Chicago prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies in order to protect the public’s health and minimize adverse effects on residents, visitors, and the healthcare system.
Using our guiding principles of accountability, efficiency, effectiveness, collaboration, credibility and integrity, PHEP and HPP have worked closely to coordinate on programmatic activities, share partnerships, and further preparedness planning for the public health and healthcare system in the City of Chicago. Utilization of cooperative grant funding has greatly increased the City of Chicago’s ability to respond to public health and medical emergencies. This funding has supported many systems such as the Health Alert Network (HAN), Inventory Management System (IMS), the Comprehensive Emergency Management Program (CEMP), trainings, plans, caches of pharmaceuticals, supplies and equipment, collaborations, and interoperable and redundant communications—all of which have contributed to the City of Chicago’s increased ability to respond. Domain development of the PHEP Program in the new five-year grant cycle will continue to broaden and increase the City’s ability to respond and ensure that the public health and local healthcare systems are prepared for, able to, and can recover in a timely fashion.
It is CDPH’s position that in order to effectively achieve all six Domains, sustained funding will be necessary. Over the course of the new five-year Cooperative Agreement, CDPH will utilize lessons learned from drills, exercises, and real-world events to inform plan revisions and modifications, identify specific gaps within capabilities, continue to build community partnerships, and maximize resources (human and financial) to achieve the greatest capacity with the minimum amount of additional resources.
Finally, the PHEP and HPP Programs will collaborate on planning and exercises to address medical countermeasures, high consequence infectious disease, and administrative preparedness, including the Whole Community. As we embark on a new cycle of preparedness planning and capability development, CDPH is confident that we will be able to move forward with a standard of excellence and accomplish new grant requirements that encourage strengthening both the public health and healthcare systems of Chicago.