To reduce the burden of illness, injury, and loss of life in the event of an emergency or disaster through coordination and communication regarding emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery.
The primary purpose of the Mississippi ESF-8 Healthcare Coalition (MEHC) is to facilitate two-way communications and information sharing between state-level partners in order to identify any unmet needs and to propagate a current, accurate, common operating picture during emergency responses. The MEHC membership is comprised of state agencies, state associations, the military and others. The MEHC is activated whenever the MSDH Public Health Command Center is activated during an emergency response or when preempting a potential threat (i.e., Ebola) that impacts public health and medical services. During such events, the MEHC conducts a 15 +/- minute conference.
The MEHC serves to connect public health and medical services (ESF-8) agencies and partners through an effective statewide Healthcare Coalition. Members of the MEHC are top tier decision-makers for all-hazard management within their organization.