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Office of Health Preparedness
The Office of Health Preparedness (OHP) is one of Ohio Department of Health’s core public health responsibilities. OHP provides direction, support and coordination in preventing, preparing for and responding to events that threaten the public’s health. OHP 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.

Public Health must stand ready to handle many different events that threaten the health and resilience of Ohio families and its communities. Supporting local public health departments to have people who know what to do and having the resources in place to allow them to do their jobs, saves lives.

There are fifteen public health capabilities that ensure public health preparedness readiness:

  1. Community Preparedness

  2. Community Recovery

  3. Emergency Operations Coordination

  4. Emergency Public Information and Warning

  5. Fatality management

  6. Information Sharing

  7. Mass Care

  8. Medical Countermeasure Dispensing

  9. Medical Material Management and Distribution

  10. Medical Surge

  11. Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

  12. Public Health Laboratory testing

  13. Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation

  14. Responder Safety and Health

  15. Volunteer Management