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NWCPHP partners with Public Health - Seattle & King County in HHS Health Care Facilities Partnership Program

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced health care facilities partnership program grants totaling $18.1 million to eleven health care partnerships. Among the grant recipients is Public Health - Seattle & King County, or more specifically, the King County Healthcare Coalition, a network of healthcare organizations and providers that are committed to strengthening the healthcare system for emergencies.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced health care facilities partnership program grants totaling $18.1 million to eleven health care partnerships. "The goal of the new program is to develop innovative and creative projects that can be replicated across the country," said HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response RADM Craig Vanderwagen, MD, USPHS. "These partnerships will require close coordination among health officials from state, local, and private sectors."

The projects selected to receive grants focus on:

  • planning for the surge of patients and the accompanying regional impact during major public health emergencies;
  • improving regional public health emergency coordination through innovative approaches to training, communications, and new software; or
  • developing and conducting functional public health emergency exercises to evaluate community and hospital preparedness.

Among the grant recipients is Public Health - Seattle & King County, or more specifically, the King County Healthcare Coalition, a network of healthcare organizations and providers that are committed to strengthening the healthcare system for emergencies. In partnership with the King County Healthcare Coalition, NWCPHP will develop, administer, and analyze a regional survey in order to gain an understanding of healthcare workers' perceptions toward working during a public health emergency response; develop a continuity of business workshop curriculum for non-hospital providers; conduct program evaluation in accordance with the evaluation plan; and assist with dissemination of knowledge gained throughout the funding period.

HHS Health Care Facilities Partnership Program grant recipients include:

  • Massachusetts Emergency Preparedness Regions 4 A, B, C with the Boston University School of Public Health
  • King County Healthcare Coalition, Washington
  • San Francisco City and County Community Hub Plan
  • The Roper St. Francis Foundation, Charleston, South Carolina
  • North Broward Hospital District, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Pennsylvania State University Hershey Medical Center
  • WakeMed Health Care System, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department, Nebraska.
  • Hennepin Healthcare System Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
  • New York State Department of Health

For more information about the PHSKC / NWCPHP partnership, contact Luann D'Ambrosio at NWCPHP, ldambr@u.washington.edu, 206.543.2659.

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