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Metro Regional Preparedness Coalition (MRPC)

MPRC represents Massachusetts Region 4AB

MRPC is the Health and Medical Coordinating Coalition (HMCC) for Region 4AB which includes 60 communities in 5 counties in the Boston metro area representing stakeholders in 6 core disciplines that collaborate to strengthen public health and healthcare system capacity to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies.

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The 6 Core Disciplines That Represent the MRPC

The Metro Regional Preparedness Coalition (MRPC) exists to enhance regional health and medical readiness for emergency events.

Community Health Centers

In Massachusetts, community health centers provide primary, preventive and dental care, as well as mental health, substance use disorder and other community-based services to anyone in need regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. There are 9 community health centers located within the MRPC region.

Emergency Management

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEHA) represents local Emergency Management Directors (EMDs) and includes regional stakeholders that participate in the MRPC.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a system that provides emergency medical care such as on-scene triage and transport of patients. There are 72 EMS agencies within the MRPC region.

Hospitals

There are 14 acute care hospitals within the MRPC, with each participating in the federal Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response’s (ASPR) Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP). Hospital Emergency Preparedness Coordinators meet regularly with MRPC stakeholders to work on joint initiatives, such as development of regional caches for supplies and resources and coordination of plans.

Long Term Care

There is a network of 101 long-term care facilities in the MRPC, including skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities. Through participation in MassMAP, these facilities have developed processes and plans for responding to such emergencies as the evacuation of residents.

Public Health

There are 60 local Boards of Health corresponding to the 60 communities in the MRPC. Local Boards of Health are responsible for a complex set of responsibilities including enforcement of state sanitary, environmental, housing, and health codes, providing community health services, including seasonal flu clinics, investigating reportable diseases and isolation/quarantine notices, and emergency preparedness planning and response.

Additional Health and Medical Disciplines

MRPC membership is comprised mainly of core disciplines that receive preparedness and response funding through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, though membership is open to, and includes other health and medical stakeholders such as home healthcare agencies, behavioral health providers, and dialysis providers.

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MRPC membership is free to any interested public health or healthcare parties, including individual or organizational, private or public entities.

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