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Health Care Readiness in Action:
Stories from the Field​

ASPR's Health Care Readiness Programs are having real-world impacts in communities, helping health care systems prepare for, respond to, and recover from a wide range of disasters and emergencies.

ASPR's Health Care Readiness Programs, including the Hospital Preparedness Program, the National Special Pathogen System, and the Regional Disaster Health Response System, help health care systems take a more informed, collaborative, and comprehensive approach to disaster response.

Check out these Stories from the Field to learn how the actions that health care coalitions, hospitals, health care facilties, and health care systems have taken with support from ASPR's Health Care Readiness Programs have translated into concrete actions to prepare communities, promote health, and save lives during a disaster. These stories demonstrate how communities that prepare for and respond to emergencies together are more able to meet the needs of those affected in an emergency.

If you are a cooperative agreement recipient who would like to share a success story, please use the ASPR Health Care Readiness Programs Story from the Field Submission Form.

Colorado

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Colorado Hospital Association Hospital Transfer Center Alleviates Strain and Supports Patient Transfers Across the State

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​New Mexico​​

Natural Disasters

MRSE Bolsters Communication and Coordination in New Mexico During the Real-Life Response and Evacuation to the McBride Fire​ ​ ​​

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Illinois

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Northwestern Illinois Health Care Coalition, Javon Bea Hospital, and the NDMS Implement a Regional Approach to Health Care Coordination 

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West Kentucky

Natural Disasters

West Kentucky Healthcare Coalition Coordinates Emergency Response to a Devastating Tornado 

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Ohio

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Ohio Hospital Associatio​n Leads Efforts to Repurpose Manufacturing Plants and Provide Necessary Personal Protective Equipment to Hospitals in Need

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Washington

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Washington Medical Coordination Center Collaborates to Ensure Continuity of Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Maine

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Maine HCC​ Partners with CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness Team to Provide Psychological First Aid Training Courses

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​New York

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HPP Funding Helps a​ Burned-Out Health Care Workforce During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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​Illinois

Illinois Uses HPP Funding to Improve Pediatric Emergency Response Education

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American Samoa

American Samoa Uses HPP Funding to Equip an All-Hazard Training Facility

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North Carolina

Telehealth Booth Increases Access to Health Care in North Carolina During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Nebraska

RDHRE Supports Critical Information Sharing Among State Partners During COVID-19 Surge

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Alabama

ASPR Hospital Association COVID-19 Supplemental Funding Allows Rural Alabama Hospital to Continue Serving its Community

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Oregon

Rural EMS Units in Oregon Deploy to Support At-Risk Communities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Texas

Health Care Coalitions in Texas Restore Essential Functions

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Alaska

Community Health Aide and Practitioners Use Lessons from HPP-Funded Emergency Management Course during COVID-19

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Missouri

Missouri Hospital Association Shares Promising Practices & Lessons Learned Based on COVID-19 Assessment

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California

Los Angeles County Uses Hospital Preparedness Program Funds to Expand Surge Capacity and Secure Resources

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New York

Health Care Liaisons Address Critical Needs at Acute and Long-Term Care Facilities in New York City

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Kentucky

Kentucky Collaborates with Health Care Community during COVID-19 Patient Surge

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West Virginia

HPP Supports WV in Leading the Nation in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Through “Operation Save Our Wisdom”

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Idaho

Idaho Uses HPP Funding to Develop a Robust Crisis Standards of Care Plan in Preparation for COVID-19 Case Surge

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Connecticut

HPP Funds Used to Deploy Mobile Field Hospital in Connecticut

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Connecticut

Connecticut Registers 5,000 Volunteers to Mitigate COVID-19 Patient Surge

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Nevada

HPP-Funded Crisis Standards of Care Exercise Prepared Nevada for COVID-19 Surge

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Western Maryland

Rural Maryland Health Care Coalition Accelerates Information Sharing during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Wisconsin and North Carolina

HPP Proved Critical in Reducing Spread of COVID-19 during 2020 Presidential Nominating Conventions

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Utah

Utah HCC's Rockin Roundup Mass Casualty Exercise

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Florida

A Florida HCC’s Preparedness Activities Enhance Response during Hurricane Michael

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Kentucky

Answering the Tough Questions: Kentucky’s Region 7 HCC Ebola Response Exercise

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New Mexico

HCC and MRC Partnership in New Mexico Prevents Hospital Surge

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East Tennessee

HPP Propels the Evolution of a Tennessee Health Care Coalition

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Utah

HCCs Help Utah Prepare for Burn Mass Casualty Incidents

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Texas

Responding to Harvey: How a Houston-area health care coalition modeled success

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California

HPP Supports Coordination and Resource Deployment Following a Liquid Oxygen Spill

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Washington

Regional Coordination and Patient Tracking during Passenger Train Derailment Response

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Tennessee

Tennessee Chemical Spill

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North Carolina

Responding to Hurricane Florence: Coordinating State Medical Support Shelters through an HCC-centered State Medical Response

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Michigan

HCC Response to Heating Crisis Keeps 2,000 Residents Warm and Home for the Holidays

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Pennsylvania

Papal Visit Preparations

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Virginia

Drive-thru Flu Vaccinations in Virginia

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Washington

The Story You Haven’t Heard: How the Northwest Healthcare Response Network Saved Lives After a Tragic Tour Vehicle

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Pennsylvania

HPP Funding Supports Coordinated Response When a Train Derails in Pennsylvania

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Oregon

Umpqua Community College Shooting – Integrating long term needs into response

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Arizona

Exercising for Preparedness-Pediatric Safety and Planning

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