Public Health Preparedness
The DOH Public Health Preparedness branch (PHP) is funded by a Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) – Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Through the grant, PHP works to prepare for, respond to, and assist in recovery from natural and human-caused public health incidents and threats. DOH has many roles and responsibilities in protecting public health and safety in disasters.
Along with its broader health emergency preparedness responsibilities, the branch coordinates Hawaii’s smallpox vaccination program, administers the Strategic National Stockpile plan 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.
HDOH investigates cluster of dengue fever on the Big Island
The Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) is currently investigating a cluster of locally-acquired cases of dengue fever on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Dengue is not endemic in Hawaii, however it is intermittently imported from endemic areas by infected travelers. This is the first cluster of locally-acquired dengue fever since the 2011 outbreak on Oahu.
For more information on dengue fever, click here.
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
HDOH continues to monitor developments related to Ebola Virus Disease, and is working with state, local, federal, and community partners in Hawaii to make sure all involved are informed and prepared in the event of a possible case of Ebola infection.
HDOH Disease Outbreak Control Division recently published a report on HDOH Ebola preparedness activities covering September 1, 2014 to April 1, 2015. The report gives a brief overview of efforts to ensure responder/worker health and safety; increase disease surveillance and monitoring; conduct training and exercises; and provide public Information, education and outreach. Read the report: Ebola Preparedness Report.
For more information, go here: Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
Public Health Emergencies – a Timeline
Since it was first established as the Board of Health in 1851, the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has provided leadership to monitor, protect and improve the health and environment of the people of Hawaii. That mission includes preparing for and responding to a wide range of health emergencies. This timeline takes a look at some of the significant health-related incidents impacting Hawaii over the years and the DOH’s involvement.