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Beginning in the spring of 2002, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) received grant funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for statewide hospital preparedness planning. DHH has received over $69 million in grant funding from the Hospital Preparedness Program over the last 12 years.
Louisiana has also received supplemental funding for pandemic and H1N1 flu planning. In grant year 2007-2008, Louisiana received $1.2 million and another $1.3 million recently for H1N1 response.
DHH has contracted with the Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA) Research and Education Foundation to carry out the deliverables of the HHS grant. The specific purposes of the grant are:
Frances Arledge, HHS Emergency Preparedness Senior Associate; Kendra Powell, HHS Emergency Preparedness Associate, and Lauren Barleycorn, HHS Emergency Preparedness Associate, oversee the hospital planning activities as outlined in the grant.
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