CHCANYS EM Team continues to engage in citywide healthcare emergency preparedness activities spearheaded by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).
On December 13, 2017, our team attended the New York City Health Care Coalition (HCC) Leadership Council meeting. Here are the highlights from this city-wide meeting that supports city-wide healthcare emergency preparedness integration:
The meeting opened with DOHMH staff (Bill Land, Celia Quinn, Darrin Pruitt) providing welcome remarks, updates and areas of focus for the pending HCC Charter documentation, followed by connecting it to the requirements of the Healthcare Preparedness Program (HPP).
City-wide Surge Exercise
Marie Irvine (DOHMH) spoke on the upcoming Citywide Surge Exercise. This full-scale exercise will be conducted in efforts to find gaps in surge response and readiness through a no-notice exercise. This exercise will be conducted annually over a five year span. This 2018 exercise will serve as the baseline and is scheduled to take place in April.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) gave a presentation on Regional Resiliency Assessment Program (RRAP). The goal of this program is to improve supply chains and potential disruptions and sector wide planning.
The program continued with the presentation about the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) emPOWER Initiative. The purpose of this initiative is to provide public health jurisdictions better understanding of their at-risk populations and to enhance situational awareness.
Emerging Infections Disease Threats for 2018
Dr. Foote (DOHMH) then discussed emerging diseases and what was on the radar for 2018. She spoke to Ebola in the Congo in July 2017 and lessons learned, Plague outbreak in Madagascar in November 2017 which had 2000+ cases, and Marbug virus in Uganda and Kenya Dec 2017. Potential threats to keep on the radar include avian influenza, antimicrobial resistance, cholera, Ebola virus, Marbug, Lassa Fever, vector borne diseases, bioterrorism, and more. Health centers should continue infection control surveillance, front line staff training, planning and exercising.
To learn more about New York City Health Care Coalition and citywide healthcare preparedness activities, contact CHCANYS EM Team / PCEPN at firstname.lastname@example.org.