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:
Emergency Operations Coordination
Emergency Public Information and Warning
Medical Countermeasure Dispensing
Medical Material Management and Distribution
Public Health Laboratory testing
Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation