MA Department of Public Health Recovery Plan

Dates: 2016-2018

State: Massachusetts

Client(s): MA Departnment of Public Health

Services: Health Care & Public Health Planning, Policy Development & Implementation

Technical Expertise: State and Local Public Health, Emergency Preparedness and Response

One of the many roles of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) is to respond to public health and health care emergencies resulting from a variety of incidents or events including terrorist attacks, natural disasters, infectious disease outbreaks, and other emergencies that exceed the capacity or capabilities of any single entity.

To advance emergency planning in the state, JSI is assisting the MDPH, Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management to develop a Recovery Plan. The purpose of the Plan is to identify the community health and social service needs following a disaster or emergency and identify ways to restore health care, public health and social service functions based on the Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities and the National Disaster Recovery Framework as identified by CDC and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Recovery Plan will be an annex to the MDPH All-Hazards Emergency Operations Plan – the centerpiece of comprehensive emergency management for state health departments.

The work will be guided by a project management team (PMT), consisting of representation from Bureaus and Offices across MDPH, that will steer the planning initiatives and provide overall guidance in development of the Plan. JSI will conduct background research to determine changes in disaster recovery principles and methodology. Additionally, JSI will facilitate a group process with the PMT to gather information, discuss policies and procedures, and document lessons learned and best practices as identified by the PMT from recovery of previous incidents. Collectively this information will be used by JSI to develop the Recovery Plan.