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About the Healthcare Preparedness Activity (HPA) at CDC

community mode for delivery of careHPA within CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response is dedicated to enhancing the ability of our Nation’s healthcare systems to effectively prepare for and respond to all-hazards. HPA collaborates with other federal agencies, state governments, medical societies, and other public and private organizations to promote integrated healthcare preparedness planning.

HPA has engaged with multiple communities to explore how they can develop plans that address a large surge to the healthcare system during a public health emergency. The group conducted a number of community-level workshops involving a wide spectrum of healthcare partners (e.g., acute and outpatient settings), as well as local public health and emergency management agencies. HPA determined that communities with strong, existing private and public collaborations and multidisciplinary teams have more robust planning.

Operational tools and other resources are being developed based on HPA’s engagement with public health, healthcare, and emergency management partners. HPA will continue to identify needs for healthcare planning at the community level.

Receive HPA Updates

The Healthcare Preparedness Update is HPA’s primary method for sharing information about upcoming communication opportunities (e.g., calls, webinars), preparedness events, and new preparedness tools and guidance.

HPA invites all public health, healthcare and emergency management personnel to Sign-Up for HPA’s Healthcare Preparedness Update.

How to sign-up:

  1. Go to and click “subscribe” or access your “User Profile”
  2. Under subscription topics, scroll down to Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response and click on the plus sign.
  3. Check the box for Healthcare Preparedness info

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