CURRENT INITIATIVES

The SCHCC continues to advance toward increasing emergency preparedness capabilities across the region. Projects to date have included: Development of SCHCC Executive Council; the Development of the SCHCC Governance; the completion of the SCHCC Joint Risk Assessment; the Development of the SCHCC Preparedness Plan; the Development of the SCHCC Response Plan; implementation of initiatives aimed at increasing training related to access and functional needs (AFN); and continued integration into the broader emergency management system.

Moving forward, the healthcare coalition has prioritized the following activities as initiatives that will serve to further support and enhance the SCHCC:

  • Continued focus on the development and implementation of a cross jurisdictional health and medical system
  • Ongoing integration and support of ancillary healthcare partners into the coalition
  • The completion of a formal health and medical resource assessment
  • Implementation of corrective actions from the 2019 SCHCC Coalition Surge Test
  • Development of a comprehensive SCHCC Response Plan
  • Continued support of SCHCC member emergency preparedness and response projects and activities

Event Response

Waldo Canyon Fire (June 2012) – Thousands were evacuated including at least one large nursing home. In its aftermath, environmental health and behavioral health were heavily engaged. Based on feedback during the health & medical debrief, the coalition drafted an evacuation assistance plan. Closing the main highway from Colorado Springs going west resulted in lack of readily available medical resupply (oxygen, pharmaceuticals) to rural areas within the coalition’s region.

Black Forest Fire (June 2013) – Just one year later this community endured a similar experience with thousands evacuated and hundreds of homes destroyed. The coalition dedicated significant effort to contacting healthcare facilities, and especially focusing on home health agencies whose clients resided in the impacted area. Here again, environmental and behavioral health partners were heavily engaged. The coalition refined its regional evacuation assistance plan and improved its information sharing using a medical situation report.

Major Flooding (July 2015) – Due in part to unusually heavy rainfall coupled with deforestation from the 2012 fire, this major disaster was accompanied with landslides and mudslides. Evacuations were ordered and some low-lying buildings were inundated with mud. Thankfully, there were very few casualties in both fires and the flooding.

Clinic active shooter incident (November 2015) – This shooting incident lasted five hours and resulted in numerous casualties. The coalition helped coordinate the behavioral health engagement with all affected by this incident. A local hospital partner treated the casualties.

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COMMITTEES

If you are interested in participating or learning more about one of our committees, please fill out a contact form, or contact Kara Prisock, SCHCC Readiness and Response Coordinator.

Governance Committee

This workgroup is focused on refining the existing governance to better align with ASPR recommendations. The group reviews best practice documents from other coalitions and ASPR-TRACIE. The Governance will better define policies and procedures and define a structure such as an executive or board, core membership and general membership. This committee will consider aligning the document to set the coalition up for success as an independent 501 c(3) or some other business model. This workgroup may later become a policies and procedures workgroup once the main governance is complete.

Response Plan Committee

This committee focuses on the continued development of the Coalition Response and Operations plans. The group will explore the HPP capabilities and utilize the resources and tools provided by CDPHE.

Healthcare Community Partners Committee

This workgroup will focus on the unique needs and concerns of the LTCF, Home Health and other non-hospital based healthcare entities. The group will create a structure for community partners and consider electing a liaison to the executive committee. They will discuss how to ensure their members can access resources, such as planning templates and exercises. They will discuss how to support the deliverables required of the grant funding.

Plans Review Committee

This workgroup will review all the current HCC plans such as the facility evacuation plan, mass care plan and mass fatality plan. Additionally, this workgroup will maintain the Medical Caches document and update as needed. This workgroup may work with the Response Plan and Hazards Vulnerability committees to ensure fidelity of plans.

Hazard Vulnerability Analysis Committee

This workgroup will focus on creating a jurisdictional picture of our region based on the common hazards. The workgroup will produce the yearly JRA/HVA for the SCHCC.

Exercise/ Training Committee

This workgroup will focus on putting together a healthcare coalition focused training and exercise calendar, deconflict schedules to ensure maximum access and participation in trainings and exercises, and specifically assist in the design and execution of the yearly Medical Surge exercise required in the grant funding.

Mass Communications Committee

This workgroup will review the current structure of call down drills and email listservs to determine appropriate levels of communication in an effort to streamline the communications process.

Onboarding/ Marketing Committee

This workgroup will determine the process for orienting new and existing members to the coalition. They will create branding materials for the coalition, set and define expectations of membership. This group will also maintain and update the coalition website.

Community Emerging Infectious Disease Emergency Response (CEIDER) Committee

This workgroup will focus on assembling a group of subject matter experts to represent the region in order to create a comprehensive plan to address emerging infectious diseases. The plan will encompass components such as how to maintain and share information within the Healthcare Coalition and the South Central Region on emergencies and response related to infectious diseases. Other plans may include quarantine and isolation and pandemic planning.