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Local Emergency Medical Clinics in Underserved Areas

Consider establishing a program with input from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services, State and local governments to establish emergency clinics in underserved area based on response time to existing trauma centers or emergency clinics. Staffing could be coordinated with teaching hospitals, medical schools and other health care worker training programs. Veteran's Administration might also be a source for staffing, including employment opportunities for medically trained personnel exiting the armed forces.

This type of clinic format is not likely to be self sufficient and would rely on local, state and federal government funding. The benefits in public health and emergency response capability might not justify the cost. If clinics also provide routine and preventative medical care, a part of the cost would be bourne by health insurance and copays.

Submitted by slafond 1 year ago

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  1. The local senior elected or appointed official (the mayor, city manager, or county manager) is responsible for ensuring the public safety and welfare of residents. In today’s world, senior officials and their emergency managers build the foundation for an effective response. They organize and integrate their capabilities and resources with neighboring jurisdictions, the State, NGOs, and the private sector. The suggestion being advanced is that if this would be the practicle direction then the local governments should pik up the cost not the FED.Response doctrine defines basic roles,responsibilities, and operational concepts for response across all levels of government and with NGOs and the private sector. Engaged partnerships are essential to preparedness

    1 year ago
  2. As a local health department, why would I want to do this? I have national non-governmental organizations and volunteer groups who already perform this function during a disaster.

    1 year ago