Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)
Public Health Emergency Preparedness protects the lives of people in Maine from natural or man-made public health threats or emergencies. PHEP strengthens the ability of health agencies and partner organizations by facilitating:
- Community Preparedness
- Community Recovery
- Emergency Operations Coordination
- Emergency Public Information and Warning
- Fatality Management
- Information Sharing
- Mass Care
- Medical Countermeasure Dispensing
- Medical Materiel Management and Distribution
- Medical Surge
- Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions
- Public Health Laboratory Testing
- Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation
- Responder Safety and Health
- Volunteer Management
- Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team
The DHHS Maine CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness is responsible for:
- Development and implementation of public health emergency planning
- Coordination of emergency resources in the State of Maine
- Health care services
- Medical resources
- Communications resources
- Exercise and Training
- Emergency Volunteers
Maine's public health infrastructure includes State, community and non-profit organizations that have collaboratively established a public health network, rather than the classic model of multiple sub-state departments.
- Two city health departments are in place to support the residents in their cities and some surrounding cities: the Portland Public Health Division and Bangor Public Health and Community Services .
- Regional and Tribal infectious disease surveillance units staffed by epidemiologists cover the entire state.
- The Health Care Coalition of Maine focuses on assessment and reporting of regional health care system infrastructure and capacity for health care response, health care systems planning, improving regional capacity for communication, and training of health professionals.
Maine Responds Conference 2023
Saturday, November 18, 2023
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Augusta Civic Center
Conference Overview: Maine CDC is very excited to bring back an interactive, face-to-face conference that provides training opportunities to enhance responder capabilities, engages attendees with networking opportunities, recognizes the Maine Responds volunteer contribution to the COVID-19 response, and provides an opportunity to strategize about the future.
Intended Audience: Registered Maine Responds volunteers and those interested in becoming Maine Responds volunteers (including Maine Disaster Behavioral Health volunteers and Maine Medical Reserve Corps volunteers).