2017 NYS DOH Emergency Preparedness Grant
For the tenth year, CHC has been awarded a grant from the New York State Department of Health (DOH) Office of Health Emergency Preparedness (OHEP) related to helping the home care industry prepare for emergencies. This year's grant will focus on the following areas:
1. Coalition Member Training Needs Assessment - CHC will support efforts to inform and encourage home care providers to complete a DOH survey on their training needs in terms of emergency preparedness.
2. Coalition Building Activities - CHC participates in regional HEPC meetings throughout the year across the State that cover a variety of emergency preparedness topics. CHC encourages providers to participate in local HEPC meetings and also attends HEPC meetings to ensure that home care is included in the discussions.
3. Interoperable Communications Drills - CHC will assist in designing communications drills in collaboration with other health care sectors, distribute information to providers, conduct a webinar on the drill for home care providers, and participate in post-drill assessments.
4. Local engagement initiative - this initiative involves bringing together home care agencies, Offices of Emergency Management (OEM) and local health departments (LHDs) for in-person meetings to discuss challenges and roles and responsibilities in emergency preparedness. In past grant years, these meetings have been conducted in Western New York and the Capital District Regions. In this grant year, the meetings will take place in Central New York and the Lower Hudson Valley regions.
5. Home Care Emergency Preparedness Toolkit - A toolkit is being developed that consists of a collection of resources that home care agencies can give to patients and their families to encourage them to create their own emergency preparedness plans.