Public Health Leadership; Homeland Security; Hospitals; Community-Based Assessments
The DC Healthcare Facilities Emergency Care Coalition, funded by a grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), was designed to significantly improve the state of emergency preparedness in health care facilities in the District of Columbia (DC), and to create a model for emergency preparedness that can be used by other large cities or regions of care across the nation. Its goal is to provide a comprehensive, uniform, and consistent framework and infrastructure for emergency preparedness across the full continuum of patient care. Devised to address the inconsistencies, shortcomings, fragmentations, and gaps present in current District hospital and healthcare facility emergency preparedness and response capabilities, the Coalition will achieve the following durable results and benefits for the District's medical preparedness and response to a catastrophic event.
Higdon, M. A., Shin, P., & Stoto, M. A. (2008). Baseline evaluation of the DC Emergency Healthcare Coalition. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies; George Washington University Medical Center.