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Why Join?

A Health care Coalition (HCC) is a collaborative network of healthcare organizations and their public and private response partners. Coalition partners work together to assist Emergency Management and Health and Medical Emergency Support Function 8 (ESF8) with preparedness, response, and recovery activities related to healthcare disaster operations. HCCs help improve medical surge capability and capacity and enhance a community’s health system preparedness for disasters and public health emergencies. Creation of HCCs is a national priority, and funding for HCCs is provided by the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The benefits of joining a Coalition include information on, access to and resources for disaster planning, equipment, training, and exercises. Being a Coalition member ensures that your organization is appropriately represented in Coalition planning and response initiatives. 

The South Dakota Health Care Coalition covers the entire state and is divided into four regions. They are broken down by the following counties:

Black Hills/Region 1
Bennett, Butte, Custer, Corson, Dewey, Fall River, Haakon, Harding, Jackson, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, Perkins, Oglala Lakota and Ziebach

Glacial Lakes/Region 2

Brown, Campbell, Clark, Codington, Day, Edmunds, Faulk, Grant, Hand, Hughes, Hyde, Marshall, McPherson, Potter, Roberts, Spink, Sully and Walworth

Sioux Empire/Region 3
Brookings, Clay, Deuel, Hamlin, Kingsbury, Lake, Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha, Moody, Turner and Union

South Central Plains/Region 4
Aurora, Beadle, Bon Homme, Brule, Buffalo, Charles Mix, Davison, Douglas, Gregory, Hanson, Hutchinson, Jerauld, Jones, Lyman, Mellette, Sanborn, Todd, Tripp and Yankton

Our goal is to ensure that all health care and emergency response partners are appropriately prepared through training, planning, and operational strategies. Please click the link at the bottom of this page to join the South Dakota Health Care Coalition.


Member Benefits and Expectations


Member Benefits 

Coalition membership comes with many benefits including: 

  1. Access to regional plans and other planning templates and resources 
  2. Access to trainings 
  3. Access to exercises that test organizational and federal target capabilities (statewide annual full-scale exercise; annual Coalition Surge Test; Communications drill, and others) 
  4. Equipment (select hospital readiness equipment, other equipment identified as needed to build/sustain capabilities) 
  5. Information sharing
  6. Networking (connection to peers and response community partners) 
  7. Access to threat hazard assessment module tools
  8. Health care mass alert and coalition command center coordination
  9. During response, the Coalition provides situational awareness, resource coordination and implements area command


Member Expectations:

  1. Collaborate on the identification of local and regional healthcare disaster preparedness needs and support the Coalition’s efforts to plan, train, equip and exercise healthcare preparedness capabilities that meet Assistant Secretary for Preparedness Response (ASPR), Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) 
  2. Participate in all-hazards emergency planning and participate in one of the exercises hosted annually by the Coalition or a Coalition member 
  3. Assist Emergency Management and ESF8 as requested with multi-agency coordination during responses 
  4. Upon accepting equipment from the Coalition, members agree to abide by the Coalition Inventory Management policy 
  5. Hospitals must participate in the annual Coalition Surge Test exercise (as either an evacuating or receiving hospital) 
  6. Submit any data required by the federal or state funding partners 
  7. Regularly participate in Coalition meetings, communication drills, workgroups and surveys. 
  8. Uphold the highest ethical and moral standards and abide by the Coalition Code of Ethics 
  9. Be an advocate for the Coalition and encourage peers to join the Coalition!

Remember, the Coalition is only as good as its member participation!