The primary care sector is a vital component of healthcare system preparedness in New York City. In 2009, the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DOHMH) Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response partnered with CHCANYS to form the Primary Care Emergency Preparedness Network (PCEPN) model. PCEPN is an extension of CHCANYS’ Emergency Management program in New York City and provides training and technical assistance to its members to help them prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters.
On March 27, 2017, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) selected PCEPN as a Promising Practice, which indicates that our program exhibits the potential for becoming a future Model Practice throughout the country. NACCHO’s Model Practices Program nationally honors and recognizes outstanding local public health practices and shares the outstanding practices through the Model Practices Database. To learn more about NACCHO and its Model Practices Program, click here.