Virginia Department of Health
HPP Project Abstract Summary
Virginia has six multidisciplinary Healthcare Coalitions (HCCs) in the Commonwealth to assist the collective healthcare system plan, prepare, and respond to emergency events. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) collaborates with the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) as a sub-recipient for the administration and execution of the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP).
For the 1901 project period, VDH’s goal is to continue to strengthen and sustain existing healthcare coalitions to meet the changing needs of emergency management, and the healthcare system. VDH, VHHA and our healthcare coalitions continue to operate under a capability-based approach to preparedness and response efforts. Critical elements in our approach are regional hazard vulnerability assessments (HVAs) that identify potential hazards, vulnerabilities and risks relative to their geographic boundaries, healthcare coalitions’ strategic plans, After Action Reports/Improvement Plans from exercises and real events, and the Coalition Assessment Tool (CAT) for the Healthcare Preparedness Program capabilities. With oversight and assistance from VDH and VHHA, the Commonwealth’s HCCs use the results from these elements to prioritize program activities and initiatives throughout the project period.