The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) division is organized within the Health Resources and Response (HRR) Section and managed by the HRR Section Chief, Timothy Wiedrich.
Purpose: The PHEP division seeks to enhance the state’s ability to rapidly mobilize and respond to public health emergencies. North Dakota seeks to be pre-identified and pre-approved to receive funding for the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretarial declared and non-declared public health emergencies (PHE) that would have an overwhelming impact upon and exceed resources available to North Dakota.
Outcomes: Program activities are designed to prevent or reduce morbidity and mortality from public health incidents whose scale, rapid onset, or unpredictability stresses the public health systems and ensures the earliest possible recovery and return of the public health systems to pre-incident levels or improved functioning. Short term outcomes include:
• Prioritize public health services and resources sustained throughout all phases of emergencies and incidents
• Earliest possible activation and management of emergency operations
• Earliest possible identification and investigation of an incident
• Timely implementation of intervention and control measures
• Timely communication of risk and essential elements of information
• Timely coordination and support of response activities with partners
• Continuous learning and improvements contain real-time feedback loop
Strategies and Activities: The North Dakota Department of Health will use capabilities to focus on the following strategies and conduct these activities for the public health systems:
• Strengthen Incident Management for Early Crisis Response
• Strengthen Information Management
• Strengthen Countermeasures and Mitigation
• Strengthen Surge Management
• Strengthen Biosurveillance
• Strengthen Jurisdictional Recovery
The incident management processes that the NDDoH have in place, ensures that we can respond to public health events or crises and support the Office of Homeland Security by leading Emergency Support Function (ESF) #8 Public Health responses. The NDDoH has a strong countermeasure and mitigation response role to ensure our residents have access to pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions and to protect the health and safety of our public health responders.