PHEP Project Abstract Summary
The Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response (DEPR) within the Bureau of EMS, Trauma and Preparedness (BETP) in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services encompasses both the PHEP and HPP programs – which have been programmatically aligned since inception in 2002. Planning, exercising and information sharing are routine collaborative efforts shared between the programs. Additionally, the integration of State laboratory, epidemiology, immunizations and environmental health ensures a cohesive preparedness synergy at the state-level.
Michigan has a decentralized governmental structure. DEPR has established contracts with all 45 local health departments (LHD), 12 federally-recognized tribal health programs and eight (8) regional healthcare coalitions (HCC). LHDs and tribes are core HCC members, which also includes 180 hospitals, 800 life support agencies, 440 skilled nursing 256 dialysis centers, 110 emergency management agencies and other healthcare partners.
Michigan’s preparedness program works closely with other State agencies, academic institutions, and community-based organizations as evidenced throughout this application. These established partnerships have led to improved outcomes in preparedness planning and response.
This application provides clear expectations and priorities that continue to strengthen and enhance readiness to prepare for, respond to and recover from public health incidents. Michigan continues to invest in strategies based on the Public Health and Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities and with documented data from CPG, ORR, and JRA assessments, strategic planning and lessons learned from exercises and the four major incident responses that have occurred in Michigan over the last five years. Overarching goals for this five-year period will focus on establishing new and strengthening existing partnerships to achieve program goals, ensuring whole community inclusion at the state and local level, and attaining an ‘established’ benchmark on the CDC ORR review of all 15 Capabilities by 2024.