In November 2016 the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) released the 2017-2022 Healthcare Preparedness and Response Capabilities. ASPR developed the 2017-2022 Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities guidance to describe what the health care delivery system, including Health Care Coalitions, hospitals and emergency medical services (EMS), have to do to effectively prepare for and respond to emergencies that impace the public's health. Each jurisdiction, including emergency management organizations and public health agencies, provides key support to the health care delivery system.
The intended audience for this document is any health care delivery system organization, Health Care Coalition, state or local agency that supports the provision of care during an emergency.
This document defines the four Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities as:
1. Foundation for Health Care and Medical Readiness
2. Health Care and Medical Response Coordination
3. Continuity of Health Care Service Delivery
4. Medical Surge
Each EVHC project is designed and selected for it's ability to strenghten and/or improve our healthcare system preparedness in one or more of these health care preparedness and response capabilities.
Reference: "2017-2022 Healthcare Preparedness and Response Capabilities", published by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).