Who We Are

The San Diego Health Care Disaster Coalition (SDHDC) has been in place since early 2002. During this time, it has more than tripled in membership while continuing its primary mission of building a regional organization to promote engagement, coordination, communication and situational awareness between community partners and private and public sectors prior to, during and after an incident/disaster. The SDHDC is a multidisciplinary partnership that consists of a collaborative network of healthcare organizations, and their respective public and private sectors. The coalition meets State and Federal guidelines as it relates to health care coalitions.

What We Do

The primary purpose of the SDHDC is to engage the entire healthcare and disaster community to work together toward emergency/disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. It accomplishes this through the following efforts:

  • Promoting quality in the delivery of disaster patient/victim care services by assessing the level of healthcare preparedness, identifying gaps, and making recommendations on activities to address gaps.
  • Supporting the needs of healthcare organizations while ensuring the on-going needs of the community are met.
  • Developing and implementing effective practices including planning, education, and evaluation as they relate to emergency preparedness.
  • Serving in an advisory capacity to the County Health Officer and Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program by providing recommendations on county policies and procedures.
  • Aligning with the National Response Framework Annex process: Emergency Support Function 8 (Public Health and Medical Services), the State of California Emergency Plan: Emergency Function 8 Public Health and Medical Annex and the California Department of Public Health Emergency Operations Manual process at the local level in accordance with NIMS and SEMS.

Areas Served

The San Diego Health Care Disaster Coalition (SDHDC) serves health and medical facilities located within San Diego County.

Participating Entities