About the Healthcare Preparedness Activity (HPA) at CDC
HPA within the Division of Strategic National Stockpile (DSNS) works to improve the healthcare delivery system’s all-hazards preparedness response to public health threats. 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.