The District 5 Healthcare Coalition’s mission is to support medical and healthcare entities prepare for, respond to, mitigate, and recover from disasters by promoting integration, information sharing and resource support in Indiana District 5 region.
To build and strengthen relationships among medical and healthcare partners.
The District 5 Healthcare Coalition is a collaborative network of healthcare organizations and their respective public and private sector response partners within Indiana District 5. D5 HCC serves as a multidisciplinary, multi-agency group that assists in the coordination with local Emergency Management agencies through Emergency Support Function (ESF) #8 of the National Response Framework with preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation activities by:
- Working with the appropriate level of emergency operations providers by sharing information among participating healthcare organizations and jurisdictional authorities to promote common situational awareness.
- Supporting the needs of healthcare organizations through collaboration of coalition partners’ various Emergency Operation Plans.
- Meeting community needs by promoting the quality of disaster patient/victim care services and improving overall healthcare response capabilities.
- Developing and implementing effective practices including continuity planning, education, training and evaluation as they relate to emergency preparedness.
- Serve to strengthen and sustain the public health and medical response system by properly analyzing gaps.
- Promoting healthcare providers’ capacity to anticipate the plan of care in the event of a medical surge.
The District 5 Hospital Preparedness Planning Committee began in the early 2000s when the hospitals in the District 5 counties of Indiana began meeting on a regular basis to discuss emergency plans for the region. This Coalition formalized into a not-for-profit corporation which continues today and works collaboratively to meet the preparedness needs of Healthcare organizations throughout the region.
In 2018, the coalition expanded its membership to include the recognized Core 4 agencies (Hospital, Public Health, Emergency Management & Emergency Medical Services) along with other healthcare entities in the district. The coalition is sponsored by a federal grant from the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) of the Health & Human Services Office to fund emergency preparedness projects and activities. This new coalition was officially named the District 5 Healthcare Coalition.