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Grants boost disaster planning, improve public health

While preparing for natural disasters and health threats may not be a top priority for you right now, it’s a big one for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). So much so that it’s given out nearly a billion dollars to help facilities get ready.

Specifically, HHS has granted more than $971 million to cooperative agreements aimed at improving disaster planning and health outcomes. This grant goes toward improving disaster preparedness and responses in all 50 states, eight U.S. territories and four of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas.

This funding included a total of:

  • $352 million awarded to the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), which supports healthcare systems, healthcare coalitions and healthcare organizations, and
  • $619 million awarded to the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreement, which supports the preparedness of local, state, and territorial health systems.

Improving facilities and preparing for mass evacuations are among the many ways hospitals can use this grant.

The funding for these two organizations has been awarded jointly, representing recent efforts to encourage cooperation between health care and public health systems. This alliance is crucial to establishing a health system that’s able to withstand any hazard while providing affordable, day-to-day health care to all members of the community.

With these two cooperative agreements aligned, states and local communities can plan and exercise responses to public health threats more easily and efficiently.

HPP and PHEP will be working together, using the same data management systems, technology and reporting procedures.

They’ll remain two separate, individual programs, but will operate in a closely aligned manner to promote hazard preparedness and national health security.

This alignment has resulted in a few changes for the 2012 HPP-PHEP grant cycle. One of these changes: a single HPP-PHEP funding opportunity announcement, funding application, and grant award.

For more information about HPP and PHEP including grant awards to individual states, territories or localities, click here.


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