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HHS Recognizes CHA Hospital Preparedness Program’s Active Shooter Training

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has publicly acknowledged the CHA Hospital Preparedness Program (CHA HPP) active shooter training, developed to help hospital staff plan and train for active shooter events. HHS recognizes the program as a “pioneer”  and describes its development on its public health emergency website. Funded through the California Department of Public Health by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response hospital preparedness program, the class may be the first of its type in the nation.

CHA HPP originally worked with University of California San Diego to offer an active shooter response workshop at the 2011 CHA Disaster Preparedness conference, and the session’s success led to requests for additional training for hospital staff. Working for CHA HPP, Caryn Thornburg from ValleyCare Health System and Lisa Angell with Watsonville Community Hospital developed the eight-hour active shooter class after conducting extensive research indicating there was no education of this nature available specifically for hospital operations, and no standardized method to train for this threat.