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Public Health Preparedness

PHEP Coordinator: Lexi Bushhorn

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Ripley County PHEP: 

The purpose of Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) is to prepare for, respond to, recover and mitigate - in both the short and long terms - from public health incidents. We do this by engaging and coordinating with

many community partners.



The public health’s role in community preparedness is to do the following:


Support the development of public health, medical, and mental/behavioral health systems that support recovery


Participate in awareness training with community and faith-based partners on how to prevent, respond to, and recover from public health incidents


Promote awareness of and access to medical and mental/behavioral health resources that help protect the community’s health and address the functional needs (i.e., communication, medical care, independence, supervision, transportation) of at-risk individuals


Engage public and private organizations in preparedness activities that represent the functional needs of at-risk individuals as well as the cultural and socio-economic, demographic components of the community


Identify those populations that may be at higher risk for adverse health outcomes


Receive and/or integrate the health needs of populations who have been displaced due to incidents that have occurred in their own or distant communities (e.g., improvised nuclear device or Tornado)










Ripley County Health Department

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