DHHS Emergency Services Unit administers the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) Grant from the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The mission of this grant is "to ready hospitals and supporting health care systems to deliver coordinated and effective care to victims of terrorism and other public health emergencies." We achieve the mission by working with all 26 acute care hospitals and the various specialty hospitals in the State with the assistance of the New Hampshire Hospital Association (www.nhha.org). In the fiscal year 2010-2011 the grant amount is $2,077,430 dollars.
The Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) enhances the ability of hospitals and health care systems to prepare for and respond to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. Current program priority areas include interoperable communication systems, bed tracking, personnel management, fatality management planning and hospital evacuation planning. During the past eight years HPP funds have also improved bed and personnel surge capacity, decontamination capabilities, isolation capacity, pharmaceutical supplies, training, education, drills and exercises.
Hospitals, outpatient facilities, health centers, poison control centers, EMS and other healthcare partners work with the appropriate state or local health department to acquire funding and develop healthcare system preparedness through this program.
The HPP supports priorities established by the National Preparedness Goal established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2005. The Goal guides entities at all levels of government in the development and maintenance of capabilities to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from major events, including Incidents of National Significance. Additionally, the Goal will assist entities at all levels of government in the development and maintenance of the capabilities to identify, prioritize and protect critical infrastructure
The Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act of 2006 transferred the National Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program (NBHPP) from the Health Resources and Services Administration to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The focus of the program has expanded from bioterrorism to an all-hazards preparedness approach.
One program that enhances the response capability of NH Hospitals is The NH Emergency System for Advance Registration of Healthcare Professionals (ESAR-VHP). The New Hampshire ESAR-VHP System is an electronic database of health care personnel who have indicated their interest in volunteering to provide aid in an emergency. The ESAR-VHP System:
- registers health volunteers;
- applies emergency credentialing standards to registered volunteers; and
- allows for the verification of the identity, credentials, and qualifications of registered volunteers in an emergency.
If you would like access to or more information about the NH Hospitals Preparedness Program or NH Emergency System for Advance Registration of Healthcare Professionals, how to join, or would like to receive educational materials, please contact the Hospital Preparedness Coordinator at (603) 271-9455 or (800) 852-3345 ext. 9455.