NH DHHS & Foundation for Healthy Communities to Launch New Health Care Coalition for Coordinating Emergency Response

Concord, NH – Health care organizations play a critical role in protecting the public’s health during emergencies, preventing and reducing illnesses and deaths. To ensure a comprehensive, statewide response to residents’ health needs in an emergency, the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is establishing a Health Care Coalition to coordinate emergency response and recovery efforts by health care organizations.

On September 13, 2017, the NH Executive Council approved a DHHS contract with the Foundation for Healthy Communities, which will help launch the Health Care Coalition and serve as its Administrative Lead Organization.

“As Hurricanes Irma and Harvey recently demonstrated, people are at risk of illness or death even when an emergency situation subsides. By working collectively and collaborating with state agencies during an emergency, health care organizations help limit the impact on people’s health,” said Lisa Morris, Director of the DHHS Division of Public Health Services. “As the Administrative Lead Organization of the Health Care Coalition, the Foundation for Healthy Communities will coordinate efforts to strengthen New Hampshire’s ability to address health concerns during an emergency.”

As administrative lead of the Health Care Coalition (HCC), the Foundation for Healthy Communities will:

  • Work with community health care organizations and other stakeholders to identify risks and address needs through planning and training;
  • Coordinate with HCC members to share information, manage resources and coordinate strategies to deliver medical care during emergencies;
  • Ensure continuity of health care service delivery during emergencies; and
  • Help coordinate information and available resources so members can maintain services during a surge in the need for medical resources.

“The Foundation is honored to have been chosen as the administrative lead organization to establish the Health Care Coalition,” said Peter Ames, Executive Director of the Foundation for Healthy Communities. “This opportunity will allow us to carry forward the 15-year history of work of the New Hampshire Hospital Association in support of emergency preparedness, and create an even more comprehensive network of healthcare partners, public health agencies and emergency management officials that will enhance emergency preparedness, response and recovery efforts in New Hampshire.”