247512 Mass Medical Care in Los Angeles: Constructing a Systems Centered Medical and Public Health Response Model

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Brandon Dean, MPH , Emergency Preparedness and Response, County of Los Angeles-Department of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA
Moniek Pointer , Emergency Medical Services Agency, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Santa Fe Springs, CA
In the ubiquitous surge planning process, the Medical, Health and Hospital stakeholder communities in large metropolitan areas consistently present unique challenges to emergency planners, eager to build communities and strengthen available response resources. In a creative partnership, the local Public Health (PH) and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies embarked on an ambitious project to move beyond the traditional “check box” hospital surge response capabilities, toward the building of realistic capabilities in a “systems-centered” approach.

Learning Areas:
Biostatistics, economics
Program planning
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the strategies and challenges associated in the integration and adaptation of existing facility and agency specific surge plans into a larger, county-wide Mass Medical Care Surge Model. 2. Learn how a large, urban health jurisdiction addressed the gaps and overcame several barriers in creating of county-wide mass medical care and surge plan. 3. Learn the strategies needed to integrate the disparate—and often contradictory—Medical and Public Health perspectives into an effective Mass Medical Care and Surge Plan.

Keywords: Hospitals, Partner Involvement

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Mass Care and Vaccination Planner for Los Angeles County Public Health, responsible for development of strategies, plans and operations specific to large scale prevention and response programs. Co-developer and co-lead of Mass Medical Care Model project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.