The purpose of the Public Health Crisis Response Cooperative Agreement is to ensure the rapid mobilization and response to public health emergencies, concentrating on threatened or impacted jurisdictions. The intent of the agreement is to:
1. Collect application and budget requests from eligible applicants in the initial phase of a public health emergency in order to establish a list of approved but unfunded applications, from which selection and funding can be rapidly executed; and
2. Improve and enhance response and reduce morbidity and mortality during an incident. The main proposed outcome of the Public Health Crisis Response Cooperative Agreement is to create a better prepared nation during public health emergencies. As a funded recipient the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is expected to achieve the following short-term outcomes:
1. The earliest possible activation and management of emergency operations.
2. If applicable, the earliest possible identification and investigation of an incident/index case.
3. If applicable to the crisis, the timely implementation of intervention and control measures.
4. The timely communication of risk and essential elements of information to all identified partners.
5. The timely coordination and support of response activities with healthcare and other partners.
In the event of a funded emergency, KDHE will work closely with other CDC funded organizations to address the emergency response. By working closely with these organizations, there is an assurance that conducted activities and efforts will not be duplicative efforts already supported by previously awarded CDC funding. The Preparedness Program is a division of the Bureau of Community Health Systems (BCHS) within the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. KDHE also includes the Division of Environment (DOE) and the Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratories (KHEL), therefore internal collaboration is already in place. To further environmental health activities and emergency coordination, the Preparedness Program utilizes both internal and external affiliations in the context of Emergency Support Function 8 (ESF8). The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Preparedness Program already has procedures in place for both the implementation and tracking of information about both the awardee and sub-awardee levels. These procedures will be adapted as needed to report the required information. In the event of an incident KDHE has the requisite organizational capacity and skills to operate the Incident Command Center. KDHE has this infrastructure in place.