DPC Mission Statement:

Supporting the healthcare community during emergency planning, response, and recovery through partnership and collaboration.

By Robin Thomas, RN, BSN
Regional Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

The Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) has been preparing the nation’s healthcare system to respond to emergencies and disasters for over 15 years. It is the only source of federal funding for healthcare delivery system readiness. By supporting the Greater Cincinnati Disaster Preparedness Coalition (DPC), HPP helps every patient in the region receive the right care, at the right place, at the right time.

The Health Collaborative is the Southwest Ohio region’s recipient of Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) Grant dollars, and has been working with its partners and members to build on and improve overall healthcare preparedness through the DPC.

HPP has incentivized diverse healthcare organizations to work together on common goals: leveraging resources, participating in mutual aid agreements, engagement in regional planning efforts, and exercises that enhance preparedness and support the DPC mission.

Funding provided by HPP helps support DPC in its efforts to prepare and respond to emergencies affecting the region’s hospitals, and includes funding for the Regional Healthcare Coordinator. This position is held by The Health Collaborative’s Amber Antoni who leads DPC, supports the region’s hospitals during preparedness and response, and manages the region’s emergency healthcare equipment and cache supplies. The cache of medical supplies and equipment can be used by DPC members during an emergency event. For more information see our Fact Sheet describing the resources that are available in our regional cache.

Core members of our Coalition include, not only hospitals, but public health, emergency management, and EMS. Membership in the Coalition is open to all agencies and healthcare providers who agree to work collaboratively on healthcare preparedness and emergency response activities. In addition, a portion of the funding is provided to area hospitals to further their preparedness goals.

For more information about the HPP Grant see ASPR’s infographic here. ASPR is the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.