About Us
The Northeast Florida Healthcare Coalition covers a 6-county region, which includes Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, and St. Johns counties.
Our Role

Ensure that local providers and other healthcare partners plan collaboratively for the risks facing the healthcare community.

Our Vision

Enhance disaster preparedness and resiliency across the 18-county healthcare system within Region 3.

Our Values

Collaboration: Working together as multi-discipline, multi-jurisdictional partners to pursue a resilient healthcare system

Efficiency: Coordinating a system of response partners that work together efficiently and effectively in the event of an emergency

Resourcefulness: serve as communication hubs for participating entities and coordinate the sharing of resources, policy, and practices both prior to and during an event


The Coalition augments local operational readiness to meet the health and medical challenges posed by a catastrophic incident or event.  This is achieved by engaging and empowering all parts of the healthcare community, and by strengthening the existing relationships to understand and meet the actual health and medical needs of the whole community.

The Coalition is intended as a vehicle to coordinate and maintain current hospital preparedness levels while enhancing disaster preparedness and resiliency in other portions of the healthcare system.  These efforts also help improve medical surge capacity and capability, further enhancing a community’s health system preparedness for disasters and public health emergencies. 

The NEFLHCC is NOT designed nor intended to be a disaster response organization.  Disaster response activities are managed through existing ESF 8 structures within local jurisdictions as defined in county Comprehensive Emergency Management Plans (CEMP).  The NEFLHCC does serve a multi-jurisdictional and multi-agency function to coordinate actions and resources during response, based on the networks built through the Coalition process.

It is also recognized that NEFLHCC activities will serve to enhance and expand local ESF 8 Health and Medical and regional response capabilities and capacities.

Federal Initiative
The development and sustainment of HCCs is a federal initiative and a requirement of the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) Cooperative Agreement funded by the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).  The purpose of HCCs is to ensure that local providers and other healthcare partners plan collaboratively for the risks facing the healthcare community and identify available local resources.
Healthcare Coalitions have been defined as “a collaborative network of healthcare organizations and their respective public and private sector response partners that serve as a multi-agency coordinating group to assist with preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities related to healthcare organization disaster operations.”—Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities: National Guidance for Healthcare System Preparedness.