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Indiana State Department of Health

Public Health Preparedness Home > Divisional Overview Divisional Overview

The Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response (PHPER) Division consists of the following five sections:

In addition to these sections, the PHPER Division has a Preparedness Nurse Consultant who provides medical expertise with planning, training, exercise, equipment, and other preparedness related areas.

Local Health Department Preparedness

The Local Health Department Preparedness section supports local public health preparedness throughout Indiana. This is accomplished through North and South Public Health Area Coordinators, and 10 District Public Health Coordinators located within each of the 10 Indiana Public Health Districts. This section coordinates the planning, training, and exercise efforts among local public health departments and maintains coordination and communication with local public health departments during emergency operations.

The Local Health Department Preparedness section administers the local Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the 93 local health departments throughout Indiana. The CDC PHEP program has developed 15 Public Health Preparedness Capabilities that are used to assist state and local public health partners in identifying gaps in preparedness, determining the specific jurisdictional priorities, and developing plans for building and sustaining capabilities.

Public Health Preparedness Capabilities

Additionally, the Local Health Department Preparedness section provides additional funding to local health departments within Metropolian Statistical Area (MSA) through the Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) program administered by the CDC. As part of the CRI program, the Local Health Department Preparedness program coordinates the CDC's Operational Readiness Review (ORR) throughout each MSA jurisdiction. The ORR is designed to measure public health preparedness for Medical Countermeasure (MCM) events.

Healthcare Preparedness Program

The Healthcare Preparedness Program section supports Indiana's 10 District Healthcare Coalitions, hospitals, and other local healthcare partners in preparedness efforts throughout Indiana. This is accomplished through North and South Healthcare Coalition Area Coordinators and 10 District Healthcare Coordinators located within each of the 10 Indiana Public Health Districts. 

The Healthcare Preparedness Program section administers the local Healthcare Preparedness Program (HPP) cooperative agreement from the Assistance Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) to the 10 District Healthcare Coalitions throughout Indiana. The ASPR HPP  has developed eight (8) Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities that are used to assist state and local healthcare partners in identifying gaps in preparedness, determining the specific jurisdictional priorities, and developing plans for building and sustaining capabilities.

Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities

Additionally, the Healthcare Preparedness Program section works closely with the Indiana Hospital Association, Indiana Federation of Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Indiana Rural Health Association, Indiana Department of Homeland Security Emergency Medical Services Division, and other statewide partners for healthcare preparedness.

Planning and Response Operations

The Planning and Response Operations section is responsible for emergency planning, emergency operations, medical countermeasures, public health volunteers, and preparedness analysis. Additionally, the Planning and Response Operations section is responsible for coordinating the Federal PHEP-HPP Cooperative Agreement with the different PHPER sections and other divisions within ISDH.

Emergency Planning

The Planning and Response Operations section oversees the Division's emergency planning and the agency's emergency and continuity plans. In addition, the Planning and Response Operations section leads planning efforts for public health and medical emergency for the state, working closely with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and other public health and medical partner agencies. Other emergency planning consists of supporting local public health and healthcare planning in conjunction with the Local Health Department Preparedness and Healthcare Preparedness Program sections.

Emergency Operations

The Planning and Response Operations section serves as the Emergency Support Function 8 - Public Health and Medical Services (ESF-8) coordinator in the Indiana State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) during disasters and statewide emergencies. The ESF-8 coordinator works with federal, state, and local healthcare and health partners during an emergency to facilitate communications and resource assistance. Additionally, the Planning and Response Operations section oversees the operation of the ISDH Department Operations Center (DOC) and ISDH Incident Management Team. These additional resourcess are utilized in conjunction with the SEOC during public health emergencies, mass prophylaxis incidents, and other public health and medical incidents.

Medical Countermeasures 

The Planning and Response Operations section works closely with the CDC's Division of Strategic National Stockpile (DSNS), as well as other partners to receive emergency supplies during a disaster. The Planning and Response Operations section also collaborates with the Indiana State Police, Indiana National Guard, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies to support the distribution of pharmaceuticals, countermeasures, personal protective equipment, medical supplies, and other related items in response to disasters and statewide emergencies. The Planning and Response Operations section is responsible for completing the statewide Operational Readiness Review (ORR) by the CDC, as well.

Public Health Volunteers

The Planning and Response Operations section oversees the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers for Indiana (SERV-IN). SERV-IN is a statewide, electronic registration system of both medical and non-medical volunteers who desire to assist during an event or disaster. Additionally, the Planning and Response Operations section oversees Indiana's Medial Reserve Corps (MRC) program, consisting of over 30 MRC units across the state.

SERV-IN

Preparedness Analysis

The Planning and Response Operations sections works closely with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and local public health and healthcare partners to complete jurisdictional Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (THIRA) following models and practices set forth by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Additionally, the Planning and Response Operations section reviews and analyzes local Operational Readiness Reviews (ORR) completed by local health departments in conjunction with the Local Health Department Preparedness section. Lastly, the Planning and Response Operations section works with GIS Analysts in the agency to spatially analyze preparedness data.

Training and Exercise

The Training and Exercise section coordinates statewide training and exercise activities, and provides support and guidance for the agency, Division, and local public health and healthcare partners. Through a collaboration with state and federal partners, the Training and Exercise section assists with assessing training needs, developing new or identifying existing courses, providing support with requesting training courses, and directly delivering a variety of training classes.

The Training and Exercise section follows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) standards and guidelines for all trainings and exercises. Additionally, the Training and Exercise section participates in the State Training and Exercise Planning Workshop (TEPW) hosted annually by Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS).

Logistics

The Logistics section is responsible for maintaining operational status, maintenance, and inventory of the Division's assets. In a disaster or statewide emergency, the Logistics section provides emergency resources such as communication assets, transportation, emergency response trailers, supplies, and other items. Communications assets include amateur radio, UHF/VHF, high frequency, and satellite communications. The emergency response trailers consist of the Advance Medical Supply Unit, Mobile Communications Unit, the Mobile Hospital trailers, and the supply trailer.

Additionally, the Logistics section is responsible for overseeing the training and setup of the ISDH Mobile Hospital Western Shelter system, ISDH Department Operations Center (DOC), ZUMRO Emergency Shelter and Awning, and other varieties of equipment. The Logistics section operates the PHPER Response Vehicle used to transport equipment and trailers.

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