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Hospital Preparedness Program

Through the Department of Human and Health Services(HHS), Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Hospital Preparedness Program (HHP) grant, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has been given the opportunity to work with hospitals, ambulance services, local public health departments, and emergency management agencies, as well as other medical system partners to enhance preparedness capabilities at the local, regional and state level.  Eighty percent (80%) of the funding offered through this grant is awarded to the Regional Medical Response System (RMRS) partners.  Prior to 2007, efforts were focused on development of regional response systems and enhancement of individual hospital capacity in areas such as decontamination systems, personal protective equipment, redundant communications systems, radiation detection, security enhancements, isolation capacity enhancements, and training and education.  

Starting in September 2007, the federal partnership coalition program changed the focus of the HPP grant to enhance capabilities related to interoperable communications, evacuation planning, fatality management planning, bed reporting and volunteer management.  In development and enhancing these capabilities, efforts are still focused on education and training, drills and exercises, and planning for functional needs populations.

Moving forward with the next grant cycle in mid-2017, the federal cooperative agreement focuses on the development and maintenance of regional capabilities through improving on the structure and organization of Health Care Coalitions (HCCs).  With recent changes to several key pieces of federal legislation, CMS rules and the HPP cooperative agreement, direct funding of individual facilities and agenciesis no longer permitted under HPP.  There are several advantages to the shift from individual to regional preparedness, including accessing clinical and non-clinical expertise, networking among peers, sharing leading practices, developing interdependent relationships, reducing risk, and addressing other community needs, among others.

Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) Budget Period 1 Spend Plan [PDF, 230 KB]

Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) Budget Period 1 (Extension) Spend Plan [PDF]


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