Tribal Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program
In 2004, the Hopi Tribe received funding from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) through the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to create and implement the Bioterrorism Program.
In 2007, the program was renamed as the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program (PHEP).
In 2011, the program was transferred to the Department of Public Safety & Emergency Services from the Department of Health Services.
The Tribal Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program, in coordination with the Center of Disease Control and Prevention and the Arizona Department of Health Services, services as the focus for tribal health issues by preparing for and responding to our people’s needs through tribal leadership and an integrated all-hazards approach to improve the health of tribal people and their lands.
The PHEP works hand in hand with the Hopi Emergency Management and the Hopi Emergency Response Team (HERT) to enhance public health safety for all residents within the Hopi reservations service area and supplement memorandum of understanding for equipment.
Community preparedness is the ability of communities to prepare for, withstand, and recover in both the short and long term from public health incidents. By engaging and coordinating with emergency management, health care organizations (private and community based), mental/behavioral health providers, community and faith-based partners, state, local and territorial public health’s role in community preparedness.