Center for Disaster Healthcare Preparedness
Alabama Healthcare Coalition Coordination Program
In order to meet the statewide need for continued Healthcare Coalition (HCC) assessments, training, planning and coordination, the University of South Alabama, Center for Disaster Healthcare Preparedness (CDHP) is responsible for the design and delivery of the Alabama Healthcare Coalition Coordination Program. Alabama has 9 Healthcare Coalitions comprised of diverse memberships which work together to strengthen healthcare delivery system readiness through planning, exercising and training to enhance patient outcomes and continuity of care during events that exceed the day-to-day capacities and capabilities of providers and response agencies. HCC memberships includes, but is not limited to Hospitals, Emergency Management Agencies (EMA), Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Public Health, Nursing Homes, Hospice, Mental/Behavioral Health, Faith-Based organizations and Durable Medical Equipment suppliers and others. To learn more about Healthcare Coalitions contact USA-CDHP and/or the HCC Coordinators in your District.
CDHP works closely with the nine Healthcare Coalitions to develop and strengthen preparedness and response capabilities through the implementation of objectives and activities defined in the 2017-2022 Healthcare Preparedness and Response Capabilities document. CDHP oversees a comprehensive HCC Coordination Program which includes ongoing progress assessments detailing planning accomplishments or shortfalls, identifying gaps with resource management plans, and, closing identified preparedness and response gaps by offering Basic, On-Site, and Simulation training programs. In addition, CDHP supports HCCs through oversight of fiscal agent funds allocated specifically to HCCs to bridge identified gaps and needs based on HCC work plans, budgets and prioritization of projects to enhance healthcare system readiness.