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Bureau of Health Preparedness

The Bureau of Health Preparedness (BHP) is one of Ohio Department of Health’s core public health responsibilities. BHP provides direction, support and coordination in preventing, preparing for and responding to events that threaten the public’s health. BHP maintains an all hazards approach in response to natural and man-made disasters, acts of bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks and other emergencies that impact the health of the public.

The Bureau of Health Preparedness (BHP) has the responsibility of managing the consequences of an event with effective planning and response capabilities that can be applied to all-hazards. As new threats emerge, including new infectious diseases and impacts from natural or man-made events, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) ensures that the public health system is an integral part of emergency response activities and part of emergency preparedness planning along with all of our relevant partners. Increasing cooperation among initial responders, including state and local public health officials, emergency medical services (EMS), health care coalitions (HCCs), and private health care organizations, ensure that Ohio, and the nation, are better prepared to respond to all hazards. 

Public health can be divided into six domains and they are community resilience, incident management, information management, countermeasures and mitigation, surge management, and biosurveillance. These domains are addressed through the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) agreement, and the Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) to focus efforts on strengthening the subrecipients preparedness capabilities. They help build on the efforts to strengthen the public health capabilities which ensures the earliest possible recovery and return of the public health and health care systems to pre-incident levels, or improved functioning, following an incident.