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Healthcare Coalitions

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Healthcare Coalitions in Florida—Building Local Capacity

Welcome to the Florida Department of Health’s Healthcare Coalition (HCC) Resource Center.  This site contains information to be used as a resource for developing new HCCs and expanding and cultivating existing Healthcare Coalitions in Florida.

Healthcare Coalitions have been defined as “a collaborative network of healthcare organizations and their respective public and private sector response partners that serve as a multi-agency coordinating group to assist with preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities related to healthcare organization disaster operations.”—Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities: National Guidance for Healthcare System Preparedness

National Guidance for Healthcare System Preparedness January 2012

The development and sustainment of HCCs is a federal initiative and a requirement of the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) Cooperative Agreement funded by the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).  The purpose of HCCs is to ensure that local providers and other healthcare partners plan collaboratively for the risks facing the healthcare community and identify available local resources.

Introduction to Healthcare Coalition PowerPoint
Healthcare Coalition Task Force Guiding Principles
Healthcare Coalition Executive Summary
Healthcare Coalition Requirements
2013–2014 HPP/PHEP Funding Opportunity Announcement

Healthcare Coalitions in Florida

The information in this section includes links to existing Healthcare Coalitions within the state.

Broward County Healthcare Coalition

Healthcare Emergency Response Coalition (HERC) of Palm Beach County 

Miami-Dade County Hospital Preparedness Consortium

To inquire about Healthcare Coalitions specific to your area, send us an email by clicking the following link BPR_HealthcareCoalitions@flhealth.gov   Please be sure to include your name, phone number, and county of interest and your email will be forwarded to the appropriate contact person.

Healthcare Coalition Task Force Meeting Minutes

The information in this section includes minutes from Florida Healthcare Coalition Task Force (previously titled Healthcare Coalition Statewide Working Group) meetings.

Mutual aid and Other Partnerships

This section includes sample mutual aid and other agreements for shared resources, guidance, and other tools to assist hospitals in developing and implementing partnerships and collaborations for community medical surge capacity and capability.     


American Hospital Association Model Mutual Aid MOU


CDC Sample Mutual Aid Agreement

California Hospital Association–Model Hospital Mutual Aid MOU 

Florida Association of Community Health Centers: Sample MOU

Michigan Department of Community Health Mutual Aid Issue Brief   

Public Health Law Association Resources and Samples    

Public Health Seattle and King County Healthcare Coalition
   

State of Wyoming Sample Mutual Aid Agreement Template

Trainings and Exercises

This section includes training resources within the state of Florida and the federal government. Some of these trainings may offer certificate, CEUs, and/or CME credits at no cost to the participant.  Statewide training schedules are also available in this section.

Emergency Management Institute: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
•    Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP)

Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Preparedness Training and Exercise Calendar
•    Multi-Year Training and Exercise Plan (MYTEP)

Florida Department of Health TRAIN Florida–Online Learning Management System
TRAIN Florida is a learning management system (LMS) for professionals who protect the public's health.  It is a free service of the Public Health Foundation.

Module 1: Introduction to Alternate Care Sites (ACS) for Medical Surge in Florida
An Introduction to Alternate Care Sites is the first of three modules being presented by the Florida Department of Health's Bureau of Preparedness and Response.  The purpose of the modules is to assist first responders and emergency personnel in the preparations of setting up and operating an Alternate Care Site in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack.

Florida State Emergency Response Team (SERT) Training Resources and Activity Center (TRAC) 

Long-Term Care

This section includes links to online tools and resources to provide assistance for those in the long-term health field and/or needing assistance for aging individuals.

California Association of Health Facilities
•     Nursing Home Incident Command System (NHICS) 

Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration: Emergency Resources


Florida Association of Area Agencies on Aging


Florida Health Care Association (FHCA)
•    FHCA Facility Locator

Home Care Association of Florida 

Emergency Medical Services

This section includes information for use by first responders and emergency personnel.

Training Module: Introduction to Alternate Care Sites for Medical Surge in Florida—See Training and Exercise section

State Emergency Responders and Volunteers of Florida (SERVFL)


To request a copy of the ‘Disaster Medical Protocols’ CD, please click the following link BPR_HealthcareCoalitions@flhealth.gov. Be sure to include a name, mailing address, and contact number and a CD will be forwarded to the appropriate destination(s).

Healthcare Systems

This section includes links to online tools and resources for healthcare systems and their partners to aid in healthcare coalition development.

California Hospital Association
•    Emergency Operations Plan
•    Hazard Vulnerability Analysis
•    Memoranda of Understanding

Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Preparedness and Response: Hospital Contracts

Florida Department of Health: Healthcare System Preparedness

State and Federal Partners

This section includes links to online tools and resources from state and federal partners.

American Healthcare Association Disaster Preparedness

American Hospital Association (AHA)    

American Red Cross Assistance
—Get assistance with finding a local shelter and locating loved ones in the event of a disaster 
•    American Red Cross Disaster and Safety Library

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Emergency Preparedness and Response 
•    CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response–Preparation and Planning

Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration: Facility/Provider Locator

Florida Association of Community Health Centers (FACHC)

•    Emergency Management Resources–FACHC

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Florida Division of Emergency Management
•    Floridians can find their local evacuation, storm surge and flood maps on the public mapping page of floridadisaster.org.
•    Maps are also available via the Division of Emergency Management's geospatial mapping tool, GATOR, at floridadisaster.org/GATOR.
•    Florida County Emergency Management Contacts

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
•    Plan, Prepare, and Mitigate–FEMA
•    Continuity of Operations templates–FEMA
•    Hazard Mitigation Assistance–FEMA
•    HSEEP–FEMA

Florida Health Care Association—See Long-Term Health section

Florida Hospital Association (FHA)

Florida Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)

State Emergency Responders and Volunteers of Florida (SERVFL)

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
•    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
•    Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
•    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
•    Emergency Management Institute
•    Federal Emergency Management Agency
•    Office of Health Affairs

Please Note: Links to resources outside of the Florida Department of Health are provided for information only.  Their inclusion does not constitute endorsements by the department.  The department is not responsible for content on any linked website. All attempts have been made to link to reliable resources, but sites and URLs are subject to change or have technical malfunctions without warning.