|Mutual aid agreements can be effective tools
to assist U.S. state and local governments, Tribes, Canadian provinces,
First Nations, and Mexican states in sharing information, data,
supplies, resources, equipment, or personnel for the purpose of
protecting the public’s health. Resources which can be accessed
There are currently several agreements in the works; please visit
often to get the updates. All current additions will be posted and
highlighted on this page (under "new" in the box to the right).
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States Collaborate With Tribes
in Public Health Preparedness Activities
The CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Cooperative
Agreements with certain states include provisions relating to
state-tribal collaboration in meeting public health preparedness
goals. One state is setting aside funds to support a tribal
preparedness coordinator, an emergency medical planner, and
a half-time program manager. Funds for tribal planning and training
materials and travel are also being provided. Tribal access
to these funds will facilitate coordination of preparedness
plans and processes between the Native healthcare system, the
State, and federal partners. Similarly, another state is providing
funding to support tribal preparedness activities, including
employment of a tribal public health preparedness coordinator.
In turn, tribes agree to develop preparedness plans and participate
in quarterly meetings and monthly conference calls, consider
execution of mutual aid agreements with local jurisdictions,
ensure that tribal preparedness personnel and volunteers support
public health response functions and are compliant with NIMS
requirements, and encourage tribal participation in preparedness
exercises. For detailed descriptions of the provisions, click
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