CHA News Article

Statewide Medical and Health Exercise Held Today
Annual project tests medical health system during an emergency

The annual Statewide Medical and Health Exercise — a functional exercise that focuses on coordinating surveillance activities and health system capabilities among community health care partners during a medical surge – will be held today. Sponsored by the California Department of Public Health Emergency Preparedness Office and the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) in collaboration with a statewide planning committee of local health departments, local hospital preparedness program (HPP) entities, CHA, local EMS agencies and health care provider organizations, the project’s key goals include communication and information sharing, resource requesting, surge response and utilizing the Incident Command System across all levels of the medical health system in the state.

This year’s scenario is based on a food-borne event and includes hospitals, clinics, long-term care, health departments, law enforcement, and state and local response agencies and partners. In addition to the statewide functional exercise, organizational and community gap analyses and tabletop exercises were conducted earlier in the year. All local health departments and HPP entities are encouraged to invite their local response partners to participate in these events.

For more information, including a project description, summary of participant roles and implementation timeline, visit www.calhospitalprepare.org/statewide-medicalhealth-exercise.

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