The Office of Public Health Preparedness (OPHP) coordinates emergency plans and response for highly infectious disease incidents, pandemic influenza, and mass prophylaxis. Additionally, OPHP works with Weld County Emergency Management and the medical community to develop plans and protocols for supporting medical response needs throughout Weld County.
Response plans must be tested to ensure they are functional and to provide training for community responders. The OPHP is responsible for developing these exercises and participating in exercises developed by other community partners. These activities enhance the emergency preparedness of the entire Weld County community.
Health Alert Network
The Health Alert Network (HAN) is the communication and notification system used by OPHP to send well-timed messages providing critical information to response partners. Message formats include: updates, advisories and alerts initiated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and / or Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) or initiated by Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment (WCDPHE).
The Weld County Healthcare Coalition (WCHCC) is a planning and information sharing group. Membership is comprised of agencies with a service focus on healthcare issues in Weld County.
The mission and purpose of the WCHCC is supporting excellent patient care for the residents of Weld County, across all health agencies, day-to-day and in times of disaster. WCHCC activities include:
· Supporting day-to-day and disaster needs of partner agencies through coordinated planning.
· Managing and sharing resources, including a medical cache.
· Understanding volunteer needs, and developing strategies to utilize volunteers in disaster, including “just in time” training. Supporting day-to-day and disaster needs of partner agencies through coordinated planning.