Disasters and public health emergencies can hit communities hard,
commonly with little warning. When disaster strikes, communities
rely on an immediate response from health care workers for life-saving
care. Health care workers must be ready to react quickly, often
using innovative techniques and new products, caring for large numbers
of patients, providing specialty care, and more to save lives and
protect patient health.
Meeting these challenges requires both planning
and cooperation. ASPR’s Health Care Readiness Programs help hospitals,
health care facilities, and health care systems across the country
overcome the complex challenges associated with disaster health
care by providing coordinated, life-saving care and broadening the
resources available during a disaster or public health emergency.
ASPR’s Health Care Readiness Programs support the development of
new partnerships and provide leadership, funding, training, and
technical assistance that enhance the nation’s health care preparedness
and response capacity. This portfolio of programs and activities
engages health care stakeholders from all 50 states, U.S. territories,
and freely associated states and from across the health care industry
– empowering private health care to share ownership in addressing
the risks and vulnerabilities across the spectrum of disaster care
ASPR’s Health Care Readiness Programs create connections
among health care providers, specialty care providers, response
organizations, regional partners, and public health professionals.
These programs also enhance education and technical assistance to
help health care providers save lives in the face of complex health
challenges, including COVID-19.
Taken together, these programs support
health care on the front lines, address critical gaps in the nation’s
readiness, and create and disseminate promising practices and protocols
to drive coordinated health care readiness.