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Public Health Emergency Preparedness

This resource was part of AHRQ's Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program, which was discontinued on June 30, 2011, in a realignment of Federal efforts.

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Figure 5.2. Multi-Agency Coordination (MAC) Model

Chart depicts the MAC Model and relationships within the MAC.  At the center is an oval labeled 'Multi-Agency Coordination Center'; within the oval are 3 smaller circles labeled 'EM,' 'EMS' and 'PH.'  From each of these smaller circles, arrows point to 3 circles outside the 'Multi-Agency Coordination Center' oval.  From 'EM,' arrows point to 3 circles labeled 'A,' 'B' and 'C' and captioned 'Jurisdiction Emergency Management.' From 'EMS,' arrows point to 3 circles labeled 'A,' 'B' and 'C' and captioned 'EMS Agencies.'  From 'PH,' arrows point to 3 circles labeled 'A,' 'B' and 'C' and captioned 'Public Health Agencies.' Above the 'Multi-Agency Coordination Center' oval and slightly overlapping it is a box labeled 'Regional Hospital Coordinating Center.'  Five arrows point upwards from this box to smaller ovals labeled 'Hospital A,' 'Hospital B,' 'Hospital C,' 'Clinical Coordination,' and 'Health System.'

Notes: PH= Public Health; EM = Emergency Management; EMS = Emergency Management System.

Lines illustrate relationships within the MAC. Communication and coordination should not be strictly limited to these channels of connection.68

Source: Based on Metropolitan Hospital Compact MAC model—Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.

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