Preparedness Communication Systems
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has developed a Preparedness Communication Systems Steering Committee based on the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) and Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) Capability 6: Information Sharing. The steering committee is comprised of members from KDHE, the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments (KALHD), the Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation (KHERF), the Kansas Division of Emergency Management (KDEM), local community hospital, health department, and emergency medical services. This steering committee was tasked with developing strategies for coordination between applications and processes for further refinement of applications, in addition to maintaining, updating and disseminating a strategic plan and tools with current and future action items. It is ideal that local communities utilize the communication matrix provided by KDHE to improve information sharing and situational awareness between community, regional, and state health and medical organizations. Both documents are working documents and latest updates will be posted when changes occur.