Maine Primary Care Association (MPCA) supports Maine’s health centers in their collaborative community planning around public health and emergency preparedness. In addition, MPCA also provides information to partners about the roles health centers should play in their community - and the potential role of health centers in the event of an emergency.
In partnership with the Maine CDC’s Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness, MPCA works with health centers and their communities to prepare for the unexpected. MPCA provides technical assistance to health centers for the development of emergency operations plans, staff and community preparedness, and continuity of operations. MPCA also represents health centers at statewide and regional planning meetings and ensures health center involvement in statewide plans and emergency communication systems.
MPCA also work with health centers to ensure excellence in public health practice that includes accurate and timely disease reporting , laboratory submissions, and surveillance. As a key stake holder on the Statewide Coordinating Council for Public Health, MPCA represents Maine’s health centers and their interests by coordinating local linkages among Maine’s District Coordinating Councils.
Community Health Center Radio System (CHCRS)
The Community Health Center Radio System (CHCRS) provides backup communication capabilities to health centers for use during an emergency.
In addition to supplying health centers with radios and coordinating installation, MPCA provides trainings for health centers regarding radio communications.
Karen Stone, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, is available to answer questions about the role of community health centers in our public health system and the efforts health centers have made to be prepared in the case of an emergency. Please contact her at 207-621-0677, ext. 217 or firstname.lastname@example.org.