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Description
Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMAT)
Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMATs) are an asset of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) and are composed of professional and para-professional medical personnel, supported by pharmacists, logistical and administrative staff that provide medical care during a disaster or other special events.
Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP)
The purpose of the EPAP is to perform the activities related to processing prescription claims for medications and durable medical equipment (DME) for designated eligible individuals in a Federally-identified disaster area. EPAP allows any enrolled pharmacy in the United States and its territories to use existing electronic pharmacy systems as an infrastructure to efficiently process prescriptions and DME for individuals that are eligible for the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP).
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Response and Recovery Resources
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is the primary federal agency for improving access to health care by strengthening the health care workforce, building healthy communities and achieving health equity. HRSA’s programs provide health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable.
Medical Reserve Corps Program
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program is a national network of MRC units comprised of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. The MRC network includes close to 1,000 community-based units and over 200,000 volunteers located throughout the United States and its territories
Services Access Teams
The U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Services Access Teams (SAT) provide resources and assistance to local health authorities throughout the United States. They were created as part of the National Response Framework’s ESF-8 public health and medical asset provisions. They may be deployed in response to an ESF-8 or non-ESF-8 public health emergency. The SAT assesses and monitors ongoing health and human services needs of affected populations and is particularly skilled at serving “at risk” individuals and populations, defined as people who are unable to plan, advocate/or obtain resources and/or services to meet basic health and safety needs.