Hospital Preparedness Program Grant

Program History
The Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) Grant is a federal source of funding provided to all states to assist hospitals and healthcare systems with further advancing their readiness status for any type of disaster that may impact communities. The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the federal body who oversees and awards the HPP Grant. State health department have been awarded this grant for the past 18 years. 

In Louisiana, the Hospital Association assists and supports the state with distributing this federal award. In small and large-scale disasters where the health of citizens may be impacted and the medical infrastructure is overwhelmed, having resources and a network that is tested through plans, exercises and training to respond is most valuable.

Ebola Grant
In the wake of the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, CDC and ASPR teamed up to offer hospitals in all states additional grant funding to prepare for Ebola and other highly infectious diseases. These funds could be used to support treatment and assessment center. In Louisiana, there is no pre-identified treatment center however, all hospitals maintain a level of readiness to be assessment centers and attest to their capabilities to identify, isolate and notify the state health officials of a suspected case of Ebola or other highly infectious disease. The state in turn maintains a plan to assist with transferring a patient to a verified treatment center and played an integral role in the development of a national level regional plan to coordinate with other states to assist with transferring confirmed patients to the nearest treatment center in Galveston, Texas.