The Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Pima County Health Department is engaging in collaborative, community focused emergency health planning to address biological, chemical, radiological, or natural disaster events that result in public health threats or emergencies. The Pima County Health Department is working:
Even a small amount of preparation before an emergency can make a huge difference and can save lives. That is why the PCHD Office of Public Health Preparedness is doing its part. We are creating plans, practicing them, and conducting training to better protect the residents of Pima County.
- To develop effective plans and resources during emergencies to protect the community.
- To develop and maintain public health emergency capacity.
- To coordinate with community, county, state, tribal, and federal partners to develop a plan to provide mass prophylaxis and treatment to all people in the county.
- To develop the capacity to rapidly identify diseases and initiate prevention and control activities.
- To develop effective, secure communication infrastructure for rapid communication among public health and its partners.
- To develop the capacity to effectively communicate health/risk information to the public and key partners.
- To develop a public health workforce (including volunteers).
- To better prepare the community for an emergency.
Below you can find summarized versions of the plans the Office of Public Health Preparedness has developed and maintain in order to keep Pima County prepared for a public health emergency:
- PCHD All Hazards Plan
- PCHD Continuity of Operations Plan
- PCHD SNS and Mass Clinic Plan
- PCHD Public Health Surge Plan
- PCHD Pandemic Flu Plan
- PCHD Preparedness Exercise and Training Plan
- PCHD Environmental Health Response Plan
- PCHD Agency Communications Plan
Pima County Health Department is Honored as "Public Health Ready"
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) recognized the Pima County Health Department for its ability to respond to public health emergencies. This recognition affirms that the Health Department has a comprehensive emergency response plan in place; staff is well-trained to execute the plan; and the plan is exercised and used during public health emergencies. To read the full statement regarding PPHR