The FRCOG serves as the sponsoring agency of a 94-town Western Massachusetts Health and Medical Coordinating Coalition (HMCC) funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The HMCC coordinates public health and medical emergency preparedness in Region 1 (Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire Counties).
The following link provides an Introduction to the Western MA HMCC.
Current Projects and HMCC Documents
In the late spring of 2017, the HMCC Steering Committee ratified the coalition’s work plan for the coming program year. The work plan identifies planning and response coordination elements for the coalition to work on in the near future, and includes:
- Complete a regional Jurisdictional Risk Assessment
- Augment the Emergency Coordination Plan with a Medical Surge Annex
- Build a Behavioral Health Resources Appendix
View the coming program year at a glance.
Region 1 HMCC Documents – General
- HMCC Region 1 Fact Sheet and Map
- Introduction to the Western MA HMCC
- HMCC Steering Committee
- Acronym List
Region 1 HMCC Documents – Response Coordination
Policy and Procedure Guidance and Alerts
- Department of Public Health Clinical Advisory for Meningitis Outbreak – Updated 11/30/17
- Frequently Asked Questions Meningococcal Disease
- MA Resources for Hurricane Evacuees – November 2017
- US HHS Guidance Regarding Hurricane Evacuees and CMS – October 2017
Planning Guides and Toolkits
- Preparing for Public Health Emergencies: A Planning Aid
- Public Health Preparedness Capabilities
- Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities – REVISED OCTOBER 2016
- Healthcare Organization and Hospital Discussion Guide for Cybersecurity
- Resource Guide for PHEP and HPP Personnel
CMS Preparedness Rule Resources
- Resource Guide for CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule – Revised October 2017
- Interpretive Guidance for CMS Preparedness Rule – Draft – Posted June 2017
- Surveyor Tool – Draft – Posted June 2017
- Online Independent Study Resources – Incident Command System
- Training Calendar – MEMA
- Del Valle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
- Local Public Health Institute of Massachusetts
- FEMA Independent Study Catalog
Coalition membership is open to any and all organizations that have a stake in health and medical preparedness and response. An organization interested in joining the Coalition can contact HMCC staff and request inclusion on the Coalition mailing list.
The Coalition is guided by five core disciplines that engage in health and medical preparedness and response: hospitals, EMS, local public health, long-term care facilities, and community health centers. These Disciplinary Coordinating Groups serve as the primary communications link between the full coalition and the disciplines. More information on the Disciplinary Coordinating Groups can be found in the Introduction to the Western MA HMCC.
As the Coalition grows, it will actively seek other health and medical partners, such as school nurses, addiction treatment and detox centers, ambulatory care centers, etc.
The coalition is led collaboratively by HMCC staff, regional DPH staff, and a 10-member Steering Committee. Two representatives from each of the five core disciplines serve a two year term. The following link provides Contact Information for the HMCC Steering Committee.