Q. What is the Uintah Basin Regional Healthcare Coalition?
A. This is a National preparedness and response program. The Uintah Basin Regional Health Care Collation was established by the stakeholders of the hospitals, local public health, EMS and all healthcare agencies of Daggett, Duchesne, and Uintah counties. This program is required by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the Department of Health and Human Services, under the Medical Surge Capacity and Capabilities Initiative of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act.
Q. Why do we need a Healthcare Coalition?
A. Simply put, to be better prepared and have the planning, communications and resources available in the event of a major incident. It is further developed to ensure the integration of public and private medical capabilities with public health and other first responder systems and to coordinate, communicate, mitigate, plan, respond and recover against those threats that are identified as being probable in affecting a single healthcare asset or the combined healthcare assets of the Uintah Basin Region.
Q. How is the coalition funded and how does it help the community?
A. The Utah Department of Health provides the federal funding through the Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Program and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. These federal funds allow the Uintah Basin Healthcare Coalition to enhance Utah’s ability to provide medical surge capacity and the capabilities to respond to acts of terrorism or other public health emergencies. It also allows for the Uintah Basin Regional Healthcare Coalition to plan, train and exercise to be better prepared, equipped and organized when an emergency strikes.
Q.What are the funds used for
A. The federal funds are received through a annual contract and are budgeted and allocated by coalition each year to plan, exercise, train and purchase the necessary equipment and supplies that would be needed in a major medical surge and or emergency event affecting the Uintah Basin.