DelValle Insitute for Emergency Preparedness
The DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness is the Education & Training branch of the Boston Public Health Commission's Office of Public Health Preparedness. The DelValle Institute was founded in 2003 and named in honor of Manuel Del Valle Jr. Manuel was a firefighter with Engine 5 for the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), who was killed while responding to the September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Manuel was the stepson of Dr. Peter Moyer, former Medical Director for Boston’s public safety agencies, Police, Fire, and EMS.
Through grant funding and partnerships, the DelValle Institute is able to work towards accomplishing our mission of enhancing community resilience in order to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies that impact health and access to healthcare.
The DelValle Institute links the latest research and guidance with best practices in the field to deliver high-quality, skills-based preparedness and response education for healthcare and public health practitioners and their public safety partners. Our diverse, qualified team of educators provides interactive, actionable, all-hazards education focused on reducing the public health and safety consequences of emergencies and disasters.
Office of Public Health Preparedness
The Office of Public Health Preparedness envisions a resilient Boston through healthy, informed, and connected communities that are supported every day and during emergencies by strong, integrated public health and healthcare systems.
The mission of the Office of Public Health Preparedness is to enhance community, public health, and healthcare system resilience in order to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies that impact health and access to healthcare.
- Community Resilience: Reducing the negative health impacts of emergencies by developing community relationships in support of emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.
- Education and Training: Delivering high-quality, skills-based preparedness and response education for healthcare and public health through DelValle Institute programming.
- Healthcare System Preparedness: Managing and providing administrative support for the Boston Public Healthcare Preparedness Coalition (HPC), consisting of Boston's community health centers, emergency medical services (EMS), hospitals, long term care, and public health.
- Public Health and Healthcare Response and Recovery Operations: Coordinating response and recovery efforts through the Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center (MIC) which is the City of Boston's Multi-Agency Coordination Center for ESF #8, and the BPHC Department Operations Center (DOC).
- Public Health Emergency Management: Updating and maintaining BPHC's Emergency Operations Plan, Continuity of Operations Plans, and public health response capabilities required of BPHC.
- Psychological Trauma and Response and Recovery Coordination: Providing support and coordination for large-scale psychological trauma response and recovery.
The programs within the Office of Public Health Preparedness (OPHP) are supported by the following grant funding:
- The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Emergency Preparedness Bureau with funding from:
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Hospital Preparedness Program;
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement
- The DelValle Institute is the Emergency Preparedness Education and Training Center for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This funding supports education and training for the Health and Medical Coordinating Coalition (HMCC) members throughout the Commonwealth, including staff members of hospitals, public health, community health centers, EMS agencies, and long-term care facilities, as well as other healthcare entities and related disciplines.