Engagement of Urgent Care Centers in Medical Surge Activities   [open pdf - 754KB]

"Urgent care centers are a growing presence in the healthcare marketplace, with more than 8,100 locations nationwide. Yet, limited information is available about ongoing preparedness activities among urgent care centers or their readiness to contribute to the healthcare system response to emergencies and disasters. ASPR TRACIE [Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange] conducted 18 interviews with urgent care center leaders associated with centers in 44 states to capture a snapshot of current activities and perceptions. A key finding from the interviews was that urgent care centers are willing to participate in emergency preparedness and response efforts and have personnel skilled in providing the types of services that may be needed during a disaster. However, many have not been engaged in such efforts and lack knowledge of how to get involved or sustain their efforts. The following questions and answers may assist urgent care centers and health care coalitions and other partners to engage with and support each other's activities."

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