Region 3D North Shore/Cape Ann
Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition
Public health professionals promote the health and well-being of their communities by preventing residents from getting sick or injured and by encouraging healthy lifestyles. The public health field is comprised of a variety of functions including promoting healthy lifestyles, detecting and controlling outbreaks, research, and preventing injury.
There are five local public health emergency preparedness sub-coalitions within Region 3.
Each local public health department is required to have public health emergency response plans, which are part of the community’s Comprehensive Emergency Response Plan (CEMP) and which detail lead responsibilities during public health responses. They also outline the authority and the role of the local public health department. Included in the plans are details on the relationships with local emergency management as well as with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH).
Each local public health department is responsible for communicating and coordinating with other local boards of health/health departments, Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (PHEP) regions, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), hospitals, health care practitioners, other health care professionals, disease-reporting agencies, veterinarians, as well as other community partners/stakeholders.
What is the Massachusetts Region 3 Health & Medical Coordinating Coalition?
The Massachusetts Region 3 Health and Medical Coordinating Coalition (Region 3 HMCC) is a regional collaborative effort between local Public Health, EMS, Long Term Care Facilities, Large Ambulatory Care Practices, Community Health Centers, and Hospitals to strengthen and promote the emergency preparedness and response capabilities of the region and to share resources. Region 3 includes communities across Northeastern Massachusetts.
The Region 3D PHEP Coalition is a member of the Region 3 Health and Medical Coordinating Coalition.
Beverly | Danvers | Essex | Gloucester | Hamilton| Lynn | Manchester | Marblehead | Nahant | Peabody | Rockport | Salem | Saugus | Swampscott | Wenham
The members of this public health coalition in Region 3 agree to work collaboratively to enhance communities’ collective capacity to share resources and respond to public health threats and emergencies, including terrorism and outbreaks of infectious diseases. Specifically, coalition members will work collaboratively to:
- Assess and monitor regional emergency planning and response needs;
- Make funding decisions to enhance regional emergency planning and response capacity;
- Submit plans, needs, and requests to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Center for Emergency Preparedness, as directed by MDPH or Coalition vote.
- Be accountable and responsible for the use of CDC funding;
- Coordinate with other sub-regional coalitions (if applicable) to ensure that all municipalities in the Region are represented in a coalition and to enhance overall preparedness throughout the Region;
- Share knowledge, lessons learned, and best practices throughout the Commonwealth by participating in regional and statewide meetings;
- Coordinate efforts to further emergency preparedness with other existing regional or local plans (e.g., CEMP and MEMA plans);
Meet the other goals associated with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Emergency Preparedness initiatives as well as other regional public health efforts.