The State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is dedicated to increasing the state and local ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from medical surge events, emergencies and disasters. The purpose of Alaska’s Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) funding application is to achieve outcomes that will help preserve the health of Alaskans before, during, and after events that stress or exceed the day-to-day medical capability within the state. This application focuses on enhancing the engagement of critical health care system stakeholders to coordinate planning, communicate consistently, and complete activities that demonstrate measurable progress in all key HPP capabilities. An important element of all activities and outcomes is the collaboration between DHSS and the Alaska Statewide Health Care Coalition members. The major activities and outcomes that will result from this partnership are:
• Engagement of additional health care provider types in preparedness, response, and recovery planning through the use of coalition sub-committees
• Development of pediatric surge processes and testing of those processes
• Strengthening the Trauma and EMS systems to better support medical surge operations
• Increase information sharing and coordination through the use of consistent Essential Elements of Information and the establishment of a common operating picture system
• Maintenance and development of local health care community emergency capabilities with a focus on risk-based planning
• Implementation of improvement plans from the recent 7.1 magnitude Alaska earthquake.
Through the use of HPP funding, Alaska will achieve the outcomes listed above and advance statewide efforts to build a foundation for health care and medical readiness, increase health care and medical response coordination, ensure the continuity of health care service delivery, and effectively respond to medical surge incidents.