State public health laboratory uses a rapid method (e.g., Health Alert Network (HAN), blast e-mail or fax) to send messages to their sentinel clinical laboratories and other partners.
Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), All-Hazards Laboratory Preparedness Survey
The measure does not evaluate the frequency that the alert network is used or tested for routine or emergency messages, or whether it reaches all sentinel clinical laboratories and other partners in the state.
State all hazards emergency management program is accredited by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP).
Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP), Who Is Accredited?
The measure does not consider state emergency management programs with conditional accreditation, and some states may choose not to pursue accreditation for various state and local reasons.
Percent of local health departments in the state with an emergency preparedness coordinator for states with local health departments, excludes Rhode Island and Hawaii.
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), National Profile of Local Health Departments
The measure does not apply to states that do not have local health departments. The measure does not evaluate the quality or robustness of the local emergency management system.
State public health laboratory has a 24/7/365 contact system in place to use in case of an emergency.
Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), Comprehensive Laboratory Services Survey (CLSS)
The measure does not evaluate the quality or comprehensiveness of the system, or the frequency of the plan being used or tested.
State uses a system for tracking hospital bed availability during emergencies.
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Hospital Preparedness Program
The measure data is collected by existing state and local reporting systems using secure data entry to measure bed counts during emergencies, and does not replace states' need to evaluate state and local bed count system development and implementation.
Average number of minutes for state health department staff with incident management lead roles to report for immediate emergency response duty.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR), National Snapshot of Public Health Preparedness
Data are self-reported by health department representatives and may reflect differences in awareness, perspective and interpretation among respondents.
State has adopted or implemented the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC).
National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) Member States
The measure does not evaluate state capacity to implement the agreement and incorporate out-of-state nurses into medical surge responses. Some states have other limited regional agreements precluding the need for participation in the national Nurse Licensure Compact.
State requires health care facilities to report health care associated infections to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) National Health Safety Network (NHSN) or other systems.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Progress Report
The measure does not evaluate the health care facility compliance with reporting requirements.
State law includes a general provision regulating the release of personally identifiable information (PII) held by the health department.
CDC Public Health Law Program resources. https://www.cdc.gov/phlp/
The measure does not evaluate the state's legal scope of authority, infrastructure to investigate violations, or other strategies to respond to inappropriate release of personal information.
State law requires health care facilities to report communicable diseases to a health department.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance (DHIS), National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS)
The measure does not evaluate the effectiveness of state monitoring and enforcement of reporting requirements, the timeliness or completeness of reporting, or the ability of the health departments to receive and use the reported information.
State has adopted Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) legislation.
National Emergency Management Association (NEMA)
The measure does not evaluate state capacity to implement the agreement and incorporate out-of-state health care providers into medical surge responses.