Chart of select historical funding for FY2011-FY2014 HHS.
Trust for America’s Health and The Roundtable on Critical Care Policy hosted a webinar on Key Issues in Hospital Preparedness on March 28, 2013.
David Marcozzi, MD, Director, National Healthcare Preparedness Programs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Eric Toner, MD, Senior Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
Chris McStay, MD, FACEP, Chief of Service, Bellevue Hospital Center Emergency Department and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, NYU/Bellevue Department of Emergency Medicine
Trust for America’s Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. www.healthyamericans.org
The Roundtable on Critical Care Policy is a nonprofit organization that provides a forum for leaders in critical care and public health to advance a common federal policy agenda designed to improve the quality, delivery and efficiency of critical care in the United States. www.criticalcareroundtable.org
Over the past decade, significant progress has been made in improving public health preparedness, but there continues to be persistent gaps in the nation’s and states’ ability to respond to events ranging from bioterrorist threats to hurricanes to disease outbreaks.
This briefing highlighted the key findings and recommendations of Ready or Not? Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism, the tenth annual edition of the report by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The briefing also included lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy, the local public health perspective, and the need to maintain a consistent level of preparedness for emergencies and disasters.
Jeffrey Levi, Ph.D., Executive Director, Trust for America’s Health
Ruth Finkelstein, Sc.D., Senior Vice President for Policy and Planning, the New York Academy of Medicine
Paul Kuehnert, DNP, RN, Team Director and Senior Program Officer, Public Health Team, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and former local health official
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s video shown at the briefing: Unwavering: Public Health’s Dedication in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy
Here’s a YouTube video announcement for a Small Communities CTG, this time from LiveWell Greenville (SC). This $1.95 million grant has been awarded to the YMCA of Greenville. According to the CDC, the grant will be used to “create health policy, environments, programmatic and infrastructure improvements for all students and families in Greenville. It will focus on improving nutrition in school meals and afterschool settings, promoting physical activity, completing school wellness plans, increasing active transit through Safe Routes to Schools, and providing bike and pedestrian training
Here’s a nice summary of progress made to date in Spokane under Washington State’s Community Transformation Grant
From the Georgia Health Policy Center, a great brief on the community health and wellness benefits resulting from the Affordable Care Act Includes summaries of Prevention Fund allocations in Georgia, and details how all the parts fit together, including workforce, information technology, and health exchanges. It also references the importance of partnerships – “Some of the partnerships needed to implement health reform will include multi-stakeholder coalitions of public and private sector providers, businesses, state and local government authorities, social service organizations, and others.”
Here’s some additional Community Transformation Grant (CTG) news coverage. The first highlights a grant for rural health care outreach administered by the Institute for Community and Rural Health at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV . A second story discusses a grant to Voices for a Healthy SouthCoast in Massachusetts. “The grant will allow SCWHHI to build community leadership and work with housing authorities, landlords and employers to eliminate tobacco exposure in multi-unit housing — especially public housing — and on the campuses of mental health and addiction treatment facilities as well as other workplace campuses.”
Below is a You Tube video of the press conference