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Will Colorado's Healthcare Coalitions Be Funded?

Will Colorado's Healthcare Coalitions Be Funded?

In year-three of a five-year project period for its Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) had 35 defined healthcare coalitions, yet had not funded them. Like most states, CDPHE finds itself in a complicated transition from a HPP focused on hospital facility preparedness to healthcare system preparedness, which leaves some challenging decisions in year-four and five.

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How Many Healthcare Coalitions Is Too Many?

How Many Healthcare Coalitions Is Too Many?

The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) does not prescribe a minimum or maximum number of healthcare coalitions that each state must fund as a condition of their Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) cooperative agreement. Maybe ASPR understands that state preparedness professionals know best how to work within their geopolitical systems. Maybe they recognize that the 1,000 mile screwdriver is unlikely to find the slot.

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On March 5th, Congress passed the appropriations bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and in doing so set the funding opportunities for the Homeland Security Grant Program and Emergency Management Performance Grant Program. With the Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Hospital Preparedness Program appropriations already in place, the 2015–2016 preparedness picture is in focus. We now know that continuation funding for eight authorized preparedness programs is $2,257,250,000.

So, the question now is, who gets what and when?

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Is it Time To Regionalize Preparedness?

Is it Time To Regionalize Preparedness?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) coordinates the Nation’s response to disasters through ten standardized administrative regions; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) does the same for health emergencies; each state Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and health department coordinates through a regional structure; EMA’s in large counties and municipalities divide their jurisdictions into geographically defined sectors, and fire and police departments have long used battalions and districts to manage operations. So why are such principles absent in preparedness?

Why do we not practice as we play?

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Health Care Coalitions:  Finally, A Well Oiled Machine

Health Care Coalitions: Finally, A Well Oiled Machine

We've studied each barrier in detail, and we've evaluated strategies to overcome our greatest challenges.  When it's all said and done, will our tireless efforts be rewarded?  Will we have realized our vision, achieved our mission, and met the goals necessary to establish a self-sustaining healthcare coalition?  What will success look like in 2017?

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Health Care Coalitions:  Lack of Organizational Capacity

Health Care Coalitions: Lack of Organizational Capacity

Many healthcare coalitions are struggling to be as productive as they'd like to be.  Most are new organizations working to establish a business foundation, while simultaneously attempting to meet the expectations of their preparedness grants.  A lack of productivity can be caused by a multitude of problems, including unclear goals and objectives, inability to plan, poor information flow, lack of attention to maintenance tasks, and failure to provide leadership.

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