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Contributions of Health Care Coalitions to Preparedness and Resilience: Perspectives From Hospital Preparedness Program and Health Care Preparedness Coalitions

Acosta, J., Howards, S., Chandra, A., et al. (2015). Contributions of Health Care Coalitions to Preparedness and Resilience: Perspectives From Hospital Preparedness Program and Health Care Preparedness Coalitions. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 9(6): 690-697.

The authors conducted a literature review and interviews with leaders from 22 coalitions and hospital preparedness programs. They determined five dimensions of success: strong member participation, diversity of members, positive changes in members' capacity to respond to or recover from disaster, sharing of resources among members, and being perceived as a trendsetter. They also listed barriers and suggest that coalitions develop a common typology that could be used to specify coalition capabilities and functions.
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