Healthcare Coalitions as a Potential Vehicle for Disaster Health Education and Training

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Healthcare Coalitions as a Potential Vehicle for Disaster Health Education and Training

Healthcare coalitions (HCCs) bring together a wide variety of healthcare agencies for the purpose of increasing preparedness capacity in community-wide healthcare systems. Members of HCCs participate in healthcare system emergency preparedness activities and serve to assist Emergency Management and Emergency Support Function (ESF) #8 (the health and medical workforce mobilized in a federally declared disaster) with preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities in the event of a disaster. They also provide multi-agency coordination of resources for healthcare organizations and interface with the appropriate level of emergency operations to provide situational awareness in a response.

In the summer of 2013, NCDMPH conducted interviews with nine well-established healthcare coalitions across the country to identify opportunities for improved education and training of disaster health concepts within the coalition structure. This formative research explores healthcare coalition interests, activities, and education and training needs. The NCDMPH is using research results in a translational way to assist healthcare coalitions in improving their preparedness capabilities.

The first two research-informed translational products are posted. They seek to meet the most commonly identified learning needs of the study respondents. These products are now available for free online.

-- Recently published:

Walsh L, Craddock H, Gulley K, Strauss-Riggs K, Schor KW. Building Health Care System Capacity to Respond to Disasters: Successes and Challenges of Disaster Preparedness Health Care Coalitions . Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 2015.

Walsh L, Craddock H, Gulley K, Strauss-Riggs K, Schor KW. Building Health Care System Capacity: Training Health Care Professionals in Disaster Preparedness Health Care Coalitions. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 2015.

-- Recently featured at:

Public Health Preparedness Summit 
April 14-17, 2015 
From Research to Practice: Tools for Preparedness Healthcare Coalitions 
Hillary Craddock MPH , Kandra Strauss-Riggs MPH, Dr. Brian Altman PhD, Dr. Kenneth Schor DO MPH

2014 National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference 
December 10-12, 2014 
Translating Research to Practice: Producing Preparedness Learning Content 
Kelly H. Gulley, BA; Hillary Craddock, MPH 
Education and Training in Healthcare Coalitions: An Interactive Discussion 
Lauren Walsh, MPH; Dr. Brian Altman, PhD; Dr. Kenneth Schor, DO, MPH

2014 NACCHO Preparedness Summit 
April 1-4, 2014 
Effective Practices in Building and Sustaining Healthcare Preparedness Through Healthcare Coalitions PDF 
Lauren Walsh, MPH; Hillary Craddock, MPH; Kelly Gulley, BA; Kenneth Schor, DO, MPH