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MA/Region 1 Regional Disaster Health Response System

The Massachusetts / Region 1 Partnership for Regional Disaster Health Response (RDHRS, or “the Partnership”) exists to develop innovative mechanisms that link experts in healthcare disaster response with other key healthcare, governmental and community partners and stakeholders to improve coordination of planning and response activities and support optimal patient care during disasters.


The Partnership’s work builds on three priorities:

  • Utilizing disaster medical and healthcare technical advisors to enhance plans to care for patients and mobilize healthcare resources during disasters, to respond effectively to unusual threats, and to improve medical surge capacity
  • Maximize healthcare system disaster response capabilities 24/7/365 by mobilizing trained emergency managers and groups of technical experts drawn from across the partnership with expertise in traumatic injuries, burns, chemical or radiation injuries, management of high consequence infectious diseases, and pediatric disaster management
  • Developing and coordinating rapidly deployable general and specialty disaster medical response teams that can support all-hazards local, state, and regional disaster response when needed
    • Click here to learn more about the RDHRS’ work related to deployable disaster medical teams

Partnership activities have focused on promoting bidirectional communication and enhancing situational awareness of medical needs and issues in disaster response while integrating its activities into the existing plans and structures of its emergency management and healthcare partners across the New England Region.


Creating a Regional Disaster Health Community