In September of 2013 the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced the beginning of a four year phased process for the implementation of six regional Health and Medical Coordinating Coalitions (HMCC) in Massachusetts.

These six multidisciplinary HMCC will carry out the functions of healthcare coalitions as described in the documents Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities: National Guidance for Healthcare System Preparedness released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and Public Health Preparedness Capabilities: National Standards for State and Local Planning as released by the U.S. Department of health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Development of these HMCC will simultaneously respond to changing national priorities and fill a critical gap in the current system in Massachusetts that exists because of a general lack of functioning county government or other regional infrastructure.

The next four years will see a facilitated planning period followed by a phased approach of implementation moving towards six fully functioning HMCC by June 30, 2017.

This information is provided by Emergency Preparedness within the Department of Public Health.