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Arizona Healthcare Coalitions
Arizona Local Public Health Emergency Response Association (ALPHERA)
- Include any opportunity that identifies potential shared resources at every in-person meeting, and incorporate a report of those resources in the ALPHERA newsletter at least quarterly (i.e. MOU templates, policies, procedures)
- At least quarterly, the ALPHERA meeting agenda shall include the sharing of emergency plans, or an element of an emergency plan, in order to foster regional or statewide “standardization” of disaster plans. Whenever possible, such presentations/discussions shall be in a round table format that includes at least 1 largely urban county, 1 largely rural county and 1 tribe.
- Include a “best practice” presentation at each in-person meeting. Presentations should reflect this year’s Deliverables (or next year’s expected deliverables, if known.)
- Identify opportunities that support the alignment of Public Health Emergency Preparedness Deliverables and Healthcare Preparedness Deliverables.
Arizona Tribal Executive Committee (AzTEC)
The purpose of the Arizona Tribal Executive Committee (AzTEC) is to provide coordination with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) in public health emergency preparedness and response related matters on behalf of the 21 federally recognized tribes in Arizona and with the Arizona Tribes who participate in the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program (PHEP) Cooperative Agreement(s) under the direction of the ADHS.
Burn Care Network
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) was awarded a National Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Grant (“Grant”) by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). One of the requirements was to establish a system to provide triage treatment and initial stabilization, above the current daily staffed bed capacity for adult and pediatric patients requiring hospitalization within three hours in the wake of a terrorism incident or other public health emergency; 50 cases per million population for patients suffering burn or trauma. To increase the burn care services provided in health care facilities in Arizona, ADHS worked with the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center to develop training and identify necessary resources so that participating hospitals would be able to more timely and effectively treat patients suffering from thermal, electrical, chemical or radiation burns solely or in combination with traumatic injuries (“Burn Patients”) with the aid of telemedicine. To further implement the HRSA Grant, ADHS has issued a contract to the District and its Arizona Burn Center that is designed to permit the District to provide specialized instructions, via telemedicine, to Participating Hospitals for their care of Burn Patients during the first 72 hours of hospitalization following a burn disaster. ADHS has also provided funding to Participating Hospitals to obtain certain essential equipment and supplies that are needed to deliver the specialized care to Burn Patients.
To provide tools, experience, education and information to facilitate continuous improvement for community disaster preparedness and response
- Foster local and regional alliances to address specific needs
- Plan and facilitate exercises
- Provide tools, technology, and relevant expertise, and
- Publish Best Practices, findings and other materials