The Virgin Islands Department of Health (VIDOH) Office of Public Health Preparedness Program (PHP) was created in 2001. The purpose of the program is to improve public health preparedness capacity by ensuring coordination among local, territorial, state, and federal agencies, including health care partners before, during, and after public health events.
Local, territorial, and state public health authorities have always played an important role in all phases of the emergency management system, including: preparedness planning and hazard mitigation, emergency response, and disaster recovery. This new level of commitment to public health preparedness improves local and territorial capacity to respond to any health emergency.
The Public Health Preparedness Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Cooperative Agreement and the Health Resource and Service Administration (HRSA).
Public Health Preparedness Activities include:
Conducts ongoing, periodic assessments of public health system capacities related to pandemics, outbreaks, chemical & biological events, and other public health emergencies to improve planning, coordination, and implementation.
Develops and exercises a comprehensive public health emergency preparedness plan to respond to emergencies caused by bioterrorism and other public health emergencies.
Coordinates with federal agencies to ensure state, local, and regional preparedness for bioterrorism and other public health emergencies.
Ensures the Virgin Islands Healthcare Delivery system has the capacity to respond to all public health emergencies.
Manages the CDC Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), should it be deployed in U.S. Virgin Islands. Prepares SNS plans and periodic exercises to train individuals who are part of SNS preparedness.
Operates the Secure Virgin Islands Health Alert Network (HAN), as part of the national CDC HAN program and its affiliated information systems.