California’s success in preparedness and response is due to available funds such as the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) cooperative agreement. The ability to prepare for and respond to public health and medical disasters has contributed to towards a better prepared California. The 2019-2020 grant year has called for California to continue many of the core capabilities, yet requires the expansion into a few key new areas.
Based upon the health care coalition (HCC) “core” member requirements, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) worked the local health departments (LHDs) to realign existing HCCs to meet the requirements. This resulted in a consolidation from 61 HCCs to 40 HCCs, while still meeting requirements. CDPH, HCCs, and LHDs collaborate on the development and testing of emergency preparedness plans, jointly meet the requirements of work plan activities, and team together to conduct epidemiological surveillance.
CDPH and Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) are co-leads for the California Emergency Support Function 8 - Public Health and Medical. CDPH also coordinates planning for medical countermeasures, hosts the Medical Health Coordination Center, coordinates the department level Continuity of Operations, allocates funds and monitors the HPP subrecipients.
CDPH, EMSA, and HCCs will comply with federal grant requirements