Emergency Management

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Emergency Management

Our mission is to provide quality emergency management services to healthcare providers throughout the state of New York. We believe that every healthcare facility should be well-equipped and well-prepared to handle any emergency that may arise.

Welcome to the Community Health Care Association New York State Emergency Management Department website! Our mission is to provide quality emergency management services to healthcare providers throughout the state of New York. We believe that every healthcare facility should be well-equipped and well-prepared to handle any emergency that may arise. Our team of highly skilled professionals is dedicated to helping healthcare providers plan, prepare, respond, and recover from emergencies, disasters, and public health crises.

Our website is designed to provide you with up-to-date information, resources, and tools to help you ensure the safety and well-being of your staff, patients, and community. Whether you are looking for guidance on emergency planning, training and exercises, or disaster recovery assistance, our team is here to support you every step of the way.

We are committed to building strong partnerships with healthcare providers, emergency management professionals, and community organizations throughout the state of New York. Together, we can create a safer and more resilient healthcare system that is better prepared to handle any emergency that comes our way.

Thank you for visiting our website, and please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or if you need assistance with your emergency management planning efforts.

About Us

We are a team of dedicated professionals committed to supporting Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in their efforts to prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters.

Our mission is to enhance the preparedness and resilience of FQHCs and the communities they serve. We work closely with our partners, including the New York State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and local emergency management agencies, to provide FQHCs with the tools, resources, and training they need to effectively respond to emergencies.

Our team has a wealth of experience in emergency management, public health, and healthcare operations. We offer a range of services, including emergency preparedness planning, training and exercises, technical assistance, and support during actual emergencies. We are available to assist FQHCs in all phases of emergency management, from mitigation and preparedness to response and recovery.

At CHCANYS, we believe that emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility. We work collaboratively with FQHCs to develop and maintain comprehensive emergency management programs that reflect the unique needs and resources of each organization. Our goal is to help FQHCs be better prepared for emergencies, so they can continue to provide essential healthcare services to their communities, even in the face of adversity.

Thank you for your interest in CHCANYS Department of Emergency Management. Please feel free to contact us for more information about our services or to learn how we can assist your organization with emergency preparedness planning.

EM Newsletter

Our newsletter is designed to provide Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) with the latest updates on emergency management news, events, and resources.

Each month, our team curates and delivers the most relevant and important emergency management information to your inbox. Our newsletter includes information on upcoming events, emergency management training opportunities, regulatory updates, and best practices for FQHCs.

We understand that emergency management is an ongoing process and requires constant attention and improvement. Our newsletter is just one way that we strive to support FQHCs in their emergency management efforts. We encourage you to read our newsletter and stay up to date on the latest information and resources.

If you have any questions or would like to suggest a topic for our newsletter, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to emergency management and the health and safety of your communities. 

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EM Events

In this section, we will provide you with the latest updates on upcoming events relevant to emergency preparedness for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).

Our department is committed to keeping FQHCs informed and prepared for emergencies and disasters, and we achieve this through organizing events such as training, webinars, and workshops. Our events cover a range of topics including risk assessment, emergency planning, response, recovery, and more.

We strive to bring in the best industry experts to provide attendees with the latest and most relevant information on emergency preparedness. By participating in our events, FQHCs will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to create and maintain comprehensive emergency management programs (CEMPs) as required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Check the events page regularly for information on upcoming events, including dates, times, and registration information. Don't miss out on these valuable opportunities to enhance your FQHC's emergency preparedness capabilities.

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Communication Plan Template/Tool Kit

Effective communication planning is crucial to successful response during an emergency or disaster. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) require health centers to have communications plans as part of their comprehensive emergency management programs (CEMPs).

To comply with CMS requirements, FQHCs must test their emergency plans through full-scale, community-based exercises or facility-based functional exercises every 2 years, with an additional exercise of the health center's choice on alternate years. Individual states and the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) also have various emergency preparedness requirements/expectations for health centers.

Our toolkit was created to help FQHCs identify planning gaps related to message development, approval, and dissemination to employees through a communications drill. A drill is one type of operations-based exercise that tests a single, specific operation or function within a single entity.

This toolkit is just one part of a broader strategy for testing health centers' plans and building capabilities. Each exercise should support the overall preparedness goals of the organization and build on the one before it. Real-world activation of a health center's emergency plans satisfies the requirement for the next scheduled full-scale or functional exercise.

For more information on CMS exercise requirements, please review the 2016 CMS EP Rule and 2019 CMS EP Rule revisions. Let our toolkit support your health center's emergency communication planning and preparedness goals.

EPTTA Tool Kit

The Emergency Preparedness Training and Technical Assistance Toolkit for Community Health Centers was designed to provide federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) with the guidance and resources necessary to create and maintain a comprehensive emergency management program (CEMP).

As certified healthcare facilities and members of the larger healthcare community, FQHCs have clear expectations and requirements to participate in mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery activities. However, with limited personnel dedicated to emergency management activities, FQHC staff need targeted content that allows them to learn and understand important emergency management concepts efficiently and in less time.

To address this need, the CHCANYS Emergency Management Team partnered with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to create this multi-module Toolkit. It focuses specifically on health center-focused emergency management considerations for FQHCs to reference, which are currently lacking in the field.

This Toolkit is based on an "all-hazards" approach to building a CEMP and associated plans around the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. It also reflects current regulatory requirements from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and expectations of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Whether you are just starting the process of developing a CEMP or looking to evaluate and update existing plans as part of a mature CEMP, this Toolkit is designed to meet the needs of all health centers. Our goal is to help close the gaps in emergency management planning for FQHCs and support a safer and more resilient healthcare system for all.