Idaho HPP BP1 Project Abstract Summary HPP BP1
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) Division of Public Health houses the Public Health Preparedness and Response Section (PHPR). This program provides oversight and coordination for the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Program and the Healthcare Preparedness Program (HPP), funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).
The HPP program utilizes ASPR funding to build and maintain Health Care Coalitions (HCCs). To better meet the intent of the grant to build acute care medical surge capacity through the maintenance and growth of strong HCCs, Idaho restructured boundaries for Budget Period 1 2019 to create three Regional HCCs. The coalition boundaries will now capture healthcare systems, referral patterns, and ASPR’s overarching vision of acute care response whereas in the past, the boundaries mirrored local public health districts. The goal of the HPP funding is to build preparedness, response, and recovery capacity in Idaho, particularly for acute medical surge events. Idaho will take advantage of the next five years’ specialty focuses and build the state’s specialty capacity.
The Bureau of EMS and Preparedness houses the PHPR Section, which is responsible for grant management and administration of the HPP. The HPP program uses ASPR’s four capabilities and associated activities to serve as the foundation to monitor and evaluate programmatic progress.
The HPP program provides subgrants to the local public health districts. Each of the seven districts has a minimum of 0.50 full-time Regional Readiness and Response Coordinator (RRRC) who acts as the primary contact between local partners, regional coalition members, and IDHW. In addition to their role as core members of their regional coalition, their efforts support incident management activities associated with Emergency Support Function 8 (ESF-8), Public Health and Medical Services. Furthermore, the HPP program is piloting the benefits of having St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center act as the fiduciary agent for one of the three coalitions. It is anticipated that the pilot program will provide support and evidence to be adopted by the other two RHCC’s as a best practice regarding programmatic outputs and potentially, to respond effectively to an acute care medical surge event. The HPP program will provide pass-through funding to the other two RHCC’s by subgranting with the public health districts.
Because of this paradigm shift related to healthcare system response, the PHPR Section will be updating plans to strengthen and enhance health care readiness by collaborating with the RHCC’s to increase the ability of coalition partners to respond as a unified healthcare system to support coordination response throughout the state of Idaho. Specific anticipated outcomes include timely assessment and sharing of essential elements of information, timely implementation of intervention and control measures, timely communication of situational awareness and risk information, continuity of emergency operations management throughout the surge of an emergency or incident, timely coordination and support of response activities with partners, and providing a systematic approach to improving Idaho medical surge response capacity.