NH Emergency Preparedness Health Care Coalition Technical Assistance

State: New Hampshire

Client(s): New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services

Services: Health Care & Public Health Planning, Training & Technical Assistance, Policy Development & Implementation

Technical Expertise: Emergency Preparedness and Response

Health care organizations play a critical role in protecting the public’s health during emergencies, preventing and reducing illnesses and death. To ensure a comprehensive, statewide response to residents’ health needs in an emergency, the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is establishing a health care coalition to coordinate emergency response and recovery efforts by health care organizations.

JSI provides subject matter expertise in the area of healthcare system emergency preparedness, response, and recovery to the NH Healthcare Coalition (HCC), including technical assistance in the development of coalition preparedness and response plans, implementation of medical surge exercises, conduct of jurisdictional risk assessments (JRAs) and hazard vulnerability assessments (HVAs), and assessment of resource gaps and prioritization.

The HCC is a single, statewide coalition that will include and support healthcare organizations such as hospitals and hospital-based health systems, emergency medical services, long-term care facilities, visiting nurses and home health, primary care and specialty practices, and behavioral and substance use disorder providers, state and local emergency management and public health, dialysis centers, durable medical equipment providers officials.