The Office of Preparedness
and Response programs work together towards a prepared Maryland.
sections below to learn more about the resources and services our staff
provide before, during, and after an emergency.
The Maryland ESSENCE (Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics) program uses non-traditional data sources to quickly identify disease outbreaks and other suspicious patterns of illness. This rapid, automated process allows our staff to gather and analyze data more quickly than a traditional method of reporting disease.
The mission of the Hospital Preparedness Program is to support and
enhance the ability of hospitals and health care systems to provide effective
care and save lives during emergencies. The Office
of Preparedness and Response receives annual federal funding to advance these goals
and objectives. The Maryland Department of Health awards these funds in the
form of grants to our health care system partners across the state (including hospitals,
free-standing emergency departments, emergency medical services, community
health centers, and home care and hospice agencies). Health care system
partners utilize the Hospital Preparedness Program funds to enhance their
ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies that pose a
threat to the health and safety of the community.
The Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps is a community-based volunteer program that helps support public health initiatives and response capabilities in Maryland. Maryland Responds is made up of dedicated Responders who stand ready to volunteer their skills, expertise, and time. Maryland Responders may deliver a variety of necessary public health services during a crisis. For example, they may provide direct care to individuals seeking medical or mental health attention at disaster relief shelters. Volunteers may also serve a vital role by assisting their communities with ongoing public health needs (e.g., immunizations, screenings, health and nutrition education, volunteering in community health centers and local hospitals).
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