Montana PHEP Abstract:
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) operate in a decentralized public health structure. Montana DPHHS PHEP is the lead coordinating agency for Emergency Support Function (ESF) # 8, Public Health and Medical Services, as well as ESF #6, Mass Care, Emergency Assistance, Housing & Human Services. The Montana Disaster Emergency Services (DES) is the state-level emergency management entity and they are responsible for coordinating the roles and responsibilities of the Montana Emergency Response Framework (MERF).
Over the course of this next five-year project period, the State of Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) PHEP program will continue to build and sustain the plans and programs established in previous project periods. We have several significant areas of focus for this next five-year cycle, including internal and external collaborative outreach to preparedness partners, support for the continued growth of the four (4) regional health care coalitions in Montana, and expand our domain and capability proficiency through planning, training, and exercise.
PHEP funding supports emergency planning, training and response efforts in 56 of 56 counties and all seven (7) tribal nations. Each jurisdiction conducts and reports on a variety of activities to ensure the public health system can respond to day to day health events as well as large-scale public health emergencies. Key activities supported by preparedness funding include development and maintenance of preparedness plans addressing the surveillance and response to communicable disease, communication activities with the public and medical community, and support of laboratory services.
For Budget Period 19-01 PHEP has determined to continue actively working to mitigate gaps in Community Preparedness, Healthcare Systems Preparedness, and developing the States healthcare coalitions all of these should be prioritized. One of our key priorities this year is to have the county and tribal health jurisdiction complete their capability assessment, which will assist the State in working on meeting the standards in the new PHEP ORR and being at the established level before 2024.
The PHEP program is also prioritizing efforts in Community Preparedness as they continue to build their relationship with the access and functional needs populations. Specifically, DPHHS will continue work to provide county and tribal health jurisdictions with information on the location and types of functional needs populations are in each jurisdiction and determine what resources are available to assist during a disaster. From this information, county and tribal health departments will be able to more easily identify and conduct outreach to functional needs populations. This information also serves the HPP program and local healthcare partners in the planning process. Ensuring that the medical needs of those groups are met requires the involvement of numerous ESF 6 and ESF 8 partners.