Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)


PHEP works within the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Section to address programmatic requirements, as well as the fifteen CDC public health capabilities. Texas has 64 established local health departments, 46 of which participate in the PHEP program. PHEP works with these local partners to support the readiness of Texas regions and local health departments as well as responding to public health emergencies.

Meeting Schedule for HPP and HPP/PHEP Meetings 2014 - 2015

Meeting schedules for HPP and HPP and PHEP Joint meetings

PPHR Overview (slides) Texas PHEP Quarterly Meeting July2014

CDC 15 Public Health Capabilities Assessment (CPG)

Purpose: The Public Health and Healthcare Capabilities Planning Guide (CPG) is a decision support tool designed to facilitate awardee self-assessments of their preparedness programs based on the national standards as defined in the Public Health Preparedness Capabilities: National Standards for State and Local Planning and Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities: National Guidance for Healthcare System Preparedness documents.

The CPG allows jurisdictions to document:

  • the relative importance each capability has to their jurisdictions;
  • their current ability and capacity to perform the capabilities;
  • any challenges or barriers to fully achieving the capabilities;
  • gaps in resource elements; and
  • gaps in awardees’ ability to perform the tasks associated with the capability functions.

Over time, the CPG data can be used to document progress in achieving the capabilities and also inform technical assistance plans.

Process:  The following instructions will guide your jurisdiction through the CPG process, providing definitions for the many categories.

Use these CPG templates to complete your jurisdictional CPG.  Submit completed documents to the PHEP mailbox:  PHEP@DSHS.State.TX.US  

Save each capability using the following nomenclature: the name of the capability, BP2, and the name of your jurisdiction. (e.g. Community Preparedness_BP2_Allegheny Co)

Introduction to the Public Health Preparedness Capabilities (101)

PHEP 102 - Overview of the Capabilities-Based Approach

BP 3 PHEP Work Plan

DSHS developed the Statement of Work in support of the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement – which seeks to advance public health preparedness.

 In the spirit of flexibility and continuous quality improvement, the PHEP work plan was developed so that the DSHS Regions and local health departments have the ability to accomplish the intent of the PHEP Cooperative Agreement with as much latitude as possible while adhering to the guidance of the funding opportunity announcement.

DSHS has compiled a timeline of the requirements listed in the statement of work and the corresponding dates.

Jurisdictional Risk Assessment

The PHEP work plan also requires a jurisdictional risk assessment.  The assessment tool has been developed in a collaborative effort among Texas public health preparedness partners, and is now available on PHIN. Access to the tool must be granted before it can be used. Please contact PHEP@DSHS.State.TX.US.



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Last updated August 12, 2015