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Community and Tribal Health Clinic Emergency Response Preparedness in Nevada: 2004 Report

Nevada State Health Division

January 1, 2004

The state of Nevada is comprised of 16 counties and one independent municipality. The majority of the state’s population inhabits Clark and Washoe counties, with the remainder in rural/frontier counties. Additionally, Nevada has a substantial Native American population representing Paiute, Shoshone and Washoe Tribal Nations. To date, there is no standardization of optimal preparedness for community and tribal federally qualified health clinics (FQHCs). To begin addressing this issue, the Nevada State Health Division (NSHD), Public Health  Preparedness (PHP) collaborated with the Great Basin Primary Care Association (GBPCA) to conduct a Community Clinic Emergency Response Needs Assessment. This project established baseline data with respect to public health emergency response capabilities and capacities in community and tribal FQHCs throughout the state of Nevada. In the future, PHP and GBPCA will be able to track progress and disparities over a period of time. The information obtained from this project will be used as a reference on which to base the provision of resources and assistance to each community and tribal FQHCs development of an emergency response plan. Between May and July, 2004, a 25-question needs assessment survey was distributed via fax, mail, e-mail and site visits to 16 community and 12 tribal FQHCs throughout the state of Nevada. The survey questions were designed to assess critical capacities and provide information for gap analyses for responding to public health emergencies within each of the participating clinics.