Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) Cooperative Agreement
HPP PROJECT ABSTRACT
The Hawaii State Department of Health (HDOH) is pleased to respond to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Hospital Preparedness Program
(HPP) Cooperative Agreement notice of funding opportunity announcement (FOA). The HPP Cooperative Agreement award makes a tremendous positive difference in our ability to strengthen and maintain healthcare preparedness and response capabilities throughout the state, and we are thankful for this opportunity.
In anticipation of the 2019-2024 project period, the HDOH Office of Public Health Preparedness (OPHP) is embarking on a strategic planning process in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders. We are using the 2017-2022 Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities and HPP FOA requirements to help guide planning and inform priorities. By continuing to develop and implement activities that build our Foundation for Health Care and Medical Readiness, Health Care and Medical Response Coordination, Continuity of Health Care Service Delivery, and Medical Surge capabilities, we will be better able to achieve the purpose of building the state’s medical surge capacity, through the maintenance and strengthening of our statewide health care coalition (HCC).
Throughout the 5-year project period, OPHP will work with the HCC to conduct joint activities following the HPP readiness and operations cycle to plan and prepare, train and equip, exercise and respond, and evaluate and share lessons learned. Among specific efforts during BP1, we will focus on completing a Pediatric Annex tabletop exercise, updating pandemic influenza plans, establishing and maintaining a senior advisory committee, ensuring cross-discipline coordination, conducting medical surge joint exercises, as well as all annual requirements for both HDOH and the HCC.
We will continue our commitment and practice of using a whole community approach to ensure planning and preparedness efforts include all populations and are conducted in partnership with those with access and functional needs and other at-risk and vulnerable populations. OPHP will also maintain successful programmatic alignment and activities with the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Program.
In a world of known and unknown threats, we must continue efforts to effectively prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies or disasters that adversely impact the public’s health. HDOH’s ongoing work with the HCC to build and sustain acute care medical surge capacity is critical to increasing Hawaii’s health care delivery system readiness to save lives and help patients receive the care they need. The strategies and activities we will implement in the upcoming project period are the means by which the ends of a safer, healthier, and more resilient community will be achieved.