A seamless cross border and cross jurisdictional public health surveillance and emergency response network in the Pacific Northwest.
To provide a forum for inter-jurisdictional collaboration in the identification and promotion of “best practices” in addressing the capability of the participating jurisdictions to prepare for, respond to and recover from the impacts of a health incident (1) or other emergencies or disasters.
To provide an organizational structure that provides leadership in the integration of public health preparedness and response initiatives at all levels of government, including Tribal and First Nations, throughout the Pacific Northwest.
To prevent and/or mitigate the potential impact of a health incident, such as; a naturally-occurring pandemic; a devastating environmental or geological event; or a terrorist attack with chemical, biological or radiological weapons, through dynamic and open collaboration.
To respond to surge capacity demands on health systems and health resources efficiently and in a cost effective manner when health emergencies arise in any jurisdiction party to the Pacific NorthWest Border Health Alliance Memorandum of Understanding; and
To assess current and explore future areas of collaboration that could result in efficiencies when providing health services in all Alliance jurisdictions.
1. The term “health incident” is used throughout this document to refer to a range of natural and man-made phenomena that may impact the health of the population and/or the ability of the health system to deliver service, including, but not limited to, infectious disease outbreaks, hurricanes, earthquakes, storms, tornadoes, tsunamis, hazardous material spills, nuclear accidents, biological and other terrorist attacks, and fires.