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Adair-Guthrie Prepares created as health care coalition

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 9:53 a.m. CST

GREENFIELD — Beginning fiscal year 2013, the Centers for Disease Control preparedness grants made available to hospitals and county public health agencies through the Iowa Department of Public Health became a competitive grant for the first time.

Instead of allocating an amount to each entity individually, only a formalized “health-care coalition” was able to apply for funds. Adair-Guthrie Prepares coalition applied for a hospital and public health preparedness grant in July and was notified of an award totaling $51,567.

The coalition was formed, in part, because Adair and Guthrie counties share an emergency management coordinator, Robert Kempf, and had already been working together on different projects.

The coalition was formalized in June and includes Adair County Memorial Hospital, Adair County Home Care, Guthrie County Public Health and Nursing Services and Guthrie County Hospital with Adair/Guthrie Emergency Management as founding partner.

Adair County Board of Supervisors will serve as fiscal agent for grants awarded to the coalition.

The grant contract was finalized Sept. 18. The hospital and public health members of the coalition will be able to receive reimbursement for time and supplies used to improve their disaster capabilities and training.

The members of the coalition have worked together on several events and projects over the years.

Some of the more recent projects have included an exercise with Iowa Disaster Medical Assistance Team during the 2013 Guthrie River Ruckus, the purchase and training on volunteer management and credentialing equipment, assisted in sponsoring an emergency operations/incident command post interface class for local responders and elected officials in August and education/awareness for the Adair/Guthrie emergency notification system.

Stephanie Claussen of Adair County Home Care is serving as the coalition chairman, and Lisa Chiodo of Guthrie County Public Health and Nursing Services is the vice chairman.

The coalition is looking for county and community contacts to help work on program and planning requirements.

If interested, contact Claussen at 641-743-6173 or Chiodo at 641-747-3972.

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