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.
|Grant Cycle||Grant Year||Grant Award|
| ||Total||$69.7 million|
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:
- to allocate federal money to hospitals and emergency medical services providers in support of the bioterrorism preparedness and other public health emergencies;
- to continue strengthening regional infrastructures;
- to develop regional response plans; and
- to conduct hospital needs assessments to help in meeting HHS grant goals.
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.
Through the HHS grant, funding has been distributed to hospitals to address regional needs concerning interoperable communication systems, bed tracking, fatality management planning, pandemic influenza planning and hospital evacuation planning. Hospitals have also been allocated funding to increase surge beds, decontamination capabilities, isolation capacity, pharmaceutical supplies, trainings, drills and exercises through Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) funds.
For more information on Louisiana’s response to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies, visit the DHH’s Office of Public Health website.