This SCHSAC workgroup is no longer active.
The SCHSAC Public Health Emergency Preparedness Workgroup will:
- Review progress to date in the development of statewide local capacity for responding to public health emergencies
- Provide input and make recommendations on issues related to the next phase of Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) programs including as grant duties, funding formula, organizational issues, measurement of progress/outcomes, regional projects, and tier classifications.
Since 2002, Minnesota has received funding from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) via the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) grant. With nine years of experience with the PHEP grant, and the recent H1N1 response, 2010 will be an opportune time to reexamine elements of Minnesota’s approach to public health emergency preparedness. In particular, the workgroup will prepare for the five-year grant cycle that will begin in 2011. The workgroup will be convened in August 2010.
A SCHSAC workgroup will be convened consisting of SCHSAC members, local public health department representatives, and MDH representatives. The group will meet between August 2010 and June 2011. A kick-off for the committee will occur at the MDH/LPHA Policy Summit July 7 & 8, 2010.
The group will review:
- The 2008 Tiers Project results (a self-assessment of each LHD’s capacity)
- The 2010 Tiers Project results (a follow-up self-assessment after 2009, a year of intense response)
- Analysis of the changes between 2008 and 2010
- Accreditation programs used within Minnesota and nationwide as a means of goal-setting for capacity improvement
- Regionalization as a means of accomplishing preparedness goals
- Current and potential funding paradigms
- Response to Minnesota incidents: successes and challenges
- Co-Chair: Bill Montague, Polk County CHB
- Co-Chair: Ted Seifert, Goodhue County CHB
- Pam Blixt, Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support
- Sharon Braaten, Mid-State (Grant-Pope-Stevens-Traverse) CHB
- Jennifer Deschaine, Scott County CHB
- Robert Einweck, St. Paul-Ramsey Department of Public Health
- Bonnie Engen, North Country (Beltrami-Clearwater-Hubbard-Lake of the Woods) CHB
- Jim Gangl, Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis CHB
- Pete Giesen, Olmsted County CHB
- Lowell Johnson, Washington County CHB
- Mary Krebs, Dodge-Steele County CHB
- Kathy Krenik Minkler, Isanti-Mille Lacs CHB
- Cheri Lewer, LeSueur-Waseca CHB
- Karen Nelson, Wadena County (Morrison, Todd, Wadena) CHB
- Gloria Tobias, Countryside (Big Stone-Chippewa-Lac Qui Parle-Swift-Yellow Medicine) CHB
Minnesota Department of Health Participants
- Jane Braun, Office of Emergency Preparedness
- Debra Burns, Office of Public Health Practice
- Kris Ehresmann, Director, Infectious Disease, Epidemiology, Prevention and Control
- Arden Fritz, Legal Unit
- Aggie Leitheiser, Director, Office of Emergency Preparedness
- John Stine, Assistant Commissioner
- Cindy Borgen, Office of Emergency Preparedness
- Gail Gentling, Office of Public Health Practice
- Bonnie Holz, Office of Emergency Preparedness
The MDH Office of Emergency Preparedness will serve as a primary resource for this work, with assistance from the Community and Family Health Division, Office of Public Health Practice.