LTC Providers: Join the Health Alert Network
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The Minnesota Department of Health is looking to local health departments to expand outreach by including Long Term Care (LTC) Providers in the Health Alert Network (HAN). LTC includes home health care providers, assisted living establishments, nursing homes, ICF/MRs, supervised living facilities, and other providers who work with and provide services to elderly or to individuals with physical or mentally disabilities. If you are a provider of these or similar services and are not on your local health department’s HAN this notice briefly explains the HAN and gives guidance as to how you enroll.
When an event threatens the health of Minnesotans, fast, efficient, and reliable communication to those responding to the event can prevent illness and save lives. Minnesota’s HAN enables public health staff, tribal governments, health care providers, emergency workers, and others working to protect the public to exchange information during a disease outbreak, environmental threat, natural disaster, or act of terrorism.
All of Minnesota’s public health agencies have built local HANs to distribute information rapidly to health care providers and others in their jurisdiction. Tribal governments have also developed their own HANs. Minnesota’s HANs are connected to a national Health Alert Network managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This decentralized development has resulted in a robust and flexible communication tool for local, state, or national emergencies.
Minnesota’s HAN has been used to:
- keep Minnesota health care providers and public health staff up to date on health threats such as SARS and H1N1;
- distribute Web-based resources for the public and health care providers in the wake of the concern about asbestos contaminated vermiculite;
- alert responders to resources about protecting health during flooding and flood cleanup;
- alert local public health agencies and clinics to a case of rubella and direct them to Web resources for clinicians including diagnostic and treatment guidelines and a photo of a rubella rash, and for the public including rubella vaccine information in English and eleven other languages;
- provide just-in-time information about other time sensitive and urgent issues threatening the health of Minnesotans.
If you are not receiving Health Alerts, please contact the local health department in your area. Contact information for local health departments can be found on the MDH website:
- Contact information for County/City Local Health Departments in Minnesota
You should request to speak to the Health Alert Network Coordinator, and ask to be added to their HAN distribution list.
- Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery
More information on Emergency Preparedness on the MDH website.