The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) will continue to build and sustain core capabilities during the PHEP 2019-2024 budget cycle to strengthen its public health preparedness and response capacity. The ultimate outcome is to reduce morbidity and mortality from public health incidents, recover, and return to functioning ability as timely as possible. NJDOH will embrace the PHEP guidance and employ a multidisciplinary approach to strengthen each of the six capability domains (community reliance, incident management, information management, countermeasure and mitigation, surge management, and biosurveillance) while tailoring its activities to fit the unique nature of New Jersey. Within the Community Resilience domain, NJDOH will address following activities: strengthen and implement plans through training and exercise, plan for the whole community, build local Heath Dept public health preparedness capacity and ensure hospital preparedness program coordination. NJDOH will update its Hazard Vulnerability Plan and share with State, County, and Municipal Partners; and work to improve health care coalitions in the state. For the Incident Management Domain NJDOH will activate and coordinate public health and emergency operations. For the Information Management Domain, NJDOH will focus maintaining situational awareness during incidents and coordinate information sharing, and coordinate emergency information and warning. NJDOH will also provide training and exercises to test communication and information sharing capabilities. For the Countermeasure and Mitigation domain, NJDOH will be addressing several activities including developing and testing MCM distribution, dispensing and vaccine administrative plans. Outcomes include at a minimum the identification of a secondary Receive, Stage and Store (RSS) site to serve, should the primary site be unavailable. For the Surge Management domain, NJDOH will at a minimum coordinate medical and other volunteers to support
public health and medical surge. NJDOH will continue to build our workforce of Medical Reserve Corps volunteers along with working with other agencies in support of ESF-8 functions. For the Strengthen Biosurveillance domain, NJDOH will address the following activities: conduct epidemiological surveillance and investigation, conduct laboratory testing, and public health surveillance. NJDOH will address the Communicable Disease Reporting and Surveillance System (CDRSS) to enhance the ability of NJDOH and partner agencies to track cases and identify patterns/outbreaks. PHEP funding will continue to support 33.8 full-time NJDOH employees doing work associated with all six core domains. Likewise, more than $5.2 million dollars has been allocated to our 22 LINCs agencies (lead local health departments for public health preparedness) to build and sustain capacity. With this funding, NJDOH plans to bolster its statewide public health preparedness and response capabilities. Please refer to the PHEP Workplan for a detailed description of all Budget Period 1 activities.
Note: The mandatory attachment is limited to one file in grants.gov so all the required docs within the FOA have been uploaded by NJDOH as Other Optional Attachments but they are labeled "Mandatory".