The Franklin County PHEP Coalition exists to align planning, training, and exercises amongst our region’s public health leaders while coordinating closely with the Franklin Regional Emergency Planning Committee (REPC).
FRCOG staff work to ensure municipal Boards of Health are aware of the protocols and procedures for statewide public health emergency response, including use the of Massachusetts Health and Homeland Alert Network (HHAN), and WebEOC, the Commonwealth’s virtual messaging board used to ensure situational awareness during emergencies. Staff partner with DPH to offer trainings to local boards on these tools, as well as trainings on “Introduction to the Incident Management System” (ICS), the system used by public agencies to manage emergencies in the Commonwealth.
The full coalition, consisting of one representative from each member town, meets annually in June. Its Steering Committee, a 5-12 member subset of the full coalition, meets monthly to advise FRCOG staff on planning and training needs, and to work collaboratively to enhance public health preparedness in the region.
COVID-19 After Action Report
The primary driver of PHEP Coalition grant funding has been the development and maintenance of Emergency Dispensing Site plans. These plans informed the operation of regional COVID-19 vaccination clinics in 2020.
In 2022, the Coalition completed an After-Action Report to take stock of EDS planning in light of COVID-19 activities, and hired a consultant to develop recommendations to move forward in light of the After-Action Report. Final recommendations were issued in December of 2022, and will inform Coalition activities moving forward in 2023.
- Principles of Operation (PDF, 36 kb)
- HHAN (Health & Homeland Alert Network) 101 (PDF, 78 kb)
- HHAN User Guide 2013 (PDF, 792 kb)
- WebEOC (MDPH) Quick User Guide 2016 (PDF, 538 kb)
- Introduction to ICS (PDF, 3 MB)
- CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities (PDF, 5.8 MB)
Note: Meeting agendas are posted on the Meetings & Events calendar on the date of the meeting.