Including CHWs in Emergency Preparedness and Management
Health centers have an important role in emergency preparedness. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), “Health centers must have risk management policies and procedures in place that continually and proactively identify and plan for potential and actual risks to the health center in terms of its facilities, staff , clients/patients, financial, clinical, and organizational well-being.” Health centers need policies and procedures in place to prepare for and manage emergencies. These policies and procedures help health centers protect their staff and patients and continue their ability to deliver health care during and after emergencies.
Stay informed. This tip sheet focuses on how outreach workers can support three of the basic emergency management expectations for health centers, including: Emergency Management Planning, Linkages and Collaboration and Communications and Information Sharing.
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