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Topic Collection: Coalition Response Operations (including Mutual Aid)

In addition to working together to prepare the local medical system and community at large for disaster, healthcare coalitions must also plan to carry out effective, comprehensive, and coordinated response operations. The resources in this Topic Collection include plans, checklists, and guidance specific to coalition response operations.

This ASPR TRACIE Topic Collection is in the process of being developed and comprehensively reviewed. If you have resources to recommend for inclusion in this Topic Collection, specifically illustrative examples, plans, tools or templates, please email your recommendations to askasprtracie@hhs.gov.

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Barbera, J.A. and Macintyre, A.G. (2009). Medical Surge Capacity and Capability: The Healthcare Coalition in Emergency Response and Recovery. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The authors wrote this guide as a companion piece to the Medical Surge Capacity and Capability handbook, providing tips for developing, implementing, and maintaining effective healthcare coalitions.
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Central Maine Regional Health Care Coalition. (2016). All Hazards Emergency Operations Plan: November 2016.

This plan describes the roles and responsibilities of the Central Maine Regional Health Care Coalition (CMRHCC) in responding to a healthcare emergency. It is comprised of a Base Plan and Annexes (e.g., communication plan, medical surge, responder health and safety) and concludes with appendices that include a list of acronyms and forms that can be downloaded and printed (e.g., volunteer request form, resource request form).
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Clark, M. and Liu, J. (n.d.). Medical Surge: Health Care Coalitions, Tier Response, and Disaster Medical Coordination. (Accessed 11/4/2015.) Wisconsin Hospital Emergency Preparedness Program.

The authors provide an overview of Wisconsin's healthcare coalitions, their partners, and their role in emergency medical preparedness and response.
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Fisher, S., Biesiadecki, L., and Schemm, K. (2014). Responding to Medical Surge in Rural Communities: Practices for Immediate Bed Availability. National Association of County and City Health Officials.

This report highlights the promising practices being used by healthcare coalitions to plan and carry out immediate bed availability in rural communities.
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Hanfling, D. (2013). Role of Regional Healthcare Coalitions in Managing and Coordinating Disaster Response.

The author provides an overview of the history of coalition development in the National Capital Region, describes the "optimal framework for coordinating response between existing healthcare coalitions and emergency management infrastructure," and explains how regional networks can bolster communications and situational awareness.
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. (2013). Interim Healthcare Coalition Checklist for Pandemic Planning: National Healthcare Preparedness Programs (NHPP).

This checklist can help healthcare coalitions assess, create, and improve their pandemic preparedness and response plans.
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