The Community Preparedness Section is comprised of one unit and four branches: Response and Recovery Unit, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Branch, Health Care Systems Branch, Preparedness Coordination Branch, and Strategic Preparedness Branch. This Section coordinates comprehensive public health, medical, and mental health activities related to preparedness, response, and recovery from disasters and public health emergencies, including management of the Strategic National Stockpile and the Public Health Information Network (PHIN) and providing technical assistance to build community preparedness.
The Response and Recovery Unit is dedicated to preparing, staffing, and training HHS enterprise employees to respond to state-wide disasters. This unit will serve as the agency’s emergency operations center, monitoring the state 24/7/365 for potential public health emergencies.
The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Branch and the Health Care Systems Branch work with local partners to support the readiness of regions and local health departments (LHD) and of health care systems (hospitals, health care networks, trauma service regional advisory councils, and local mental health authorities) to respond to public health emergencies.
The Preparedness Coordination Branch manages and integrates the planning, training, and exercise activities at the state, regional, and local level.
The Strategic Preparedness Branch supports the agency’s mission by providing strategic direction, policy recommendation, and program evaluation related to cross-cutting issues in community preparedness. Focus areas include pandemic influenza, disaster epidemiology and management, disaster medicine, emerging threats, and agroterrrorism. Strategies and recommendations are developed using a systems approach involving the integration of scientific knowledge, best practices, and collaboration with advance practice centers, academic institutions, federal, state and local partners, and community stakeholders.
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