Public Health Preparedness Branch

The DOH Public Health Preparedness branch (PHP) is tasked with preparing for, responding to, and assisting in recovery from natural and human-caused public health incidents and threats.

Funded by a Hospital Preparedness Program-Public Health Emergency Preparedness cooperative agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), PHP is able to help DOH fulfill its many roles and responsibilities to protect the public’s health and safety in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Along with its broader health emergency preparedness responsibilities, PHP also coordinates Hawaii’s smallpox vaccination program, administers the Strategic National Stockpile for distribution of emergency pharmaceuticals in case of public health emergencies, and collaborates with State Civil Defense, the Healthcare Association of Hawaii, county Civil Defense agencies, and other related stakeholders in the development and implementation of state and county response plans for bioterrorism and other public health emergencies.