Health centers play an integral role in providing high quality, comprehensive care to vulnerable and underserved individuals. In Idaho, this is true in more than fifty communities around the state. During an emergency, these services could be even more critical. While health centers do not provide emergency services per se, they certainly can and do serve as valuable resources in times of need.
Health center program grantees are expected by the Bureau of Primary Healthcare to determine—before an emergency situation occurs—what their appropriate role in preparedness and response is. This varies greatly, depending on size, services offered, staffing levels, other community responders and providers, and other factors.
Policy Information Notice 2007-15, Health Center Emergency Management Program Expectations are found here.
Key health center personnel involved in Emergency Management are encouraged to take self-directed courses as part of the National Incident Management System. Recommended courses can be found here.