Healthcare Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Program (HPR&R)

Within the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Emergency Medical Services (NCOEMS) is one of the lead state agencies for healthcare preparedness, response, and recovery, in close partnership with the Division of Public Health and the Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management.

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The primary focus of the Healthcare Preparedness, Response, and Recovery (HPR&R) program is to advocate for and ensure effective development of healthcare preparedness and response capacity within the state of North Carolina. To attain that goal, the primary responsibilities of NCOEMS include overall program management for healthcare preparedness and response, grant management for the federal Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), and in accordance with the State of North Carolina Emergency Operations Plan, to act as the lead agency for Emergency Support Function #8 (ESF-8), Public Health and Medical Services, during a response.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, manages the federal Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP). The HPP provides leadership and funding through grants and cooperative agreements to states, territories, and eligible municipalities to improve surge capacity and enhance community and hospital preparedness for public health and medical emergencies.

Since the inception of the HPP, NCOEMS has managed the Hospital Preparedness Program Cooperative Agreement funding. Through strong partnerships with the Division of Public Health and the Division of Emergency Management, NCOEMS has been able to assess, evaluate, develop, and implement programs focused on medical response and recovery and medical surge capacity.

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