LOCAL INFORMATION NETWORK AND COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM
In 2002 Essex Regional Health Commission was awarded a grant by the NJDHSS for Bioterrorism Preparedness, areas of focus are:
LINCS, established by the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services in conjunction with NJ’s local health departments, is an electronic information system that supports interactive reporting, health data analysis, and the efficient dissemination of public health information. As a statewide program LINCS agencies are working together in conjunction with the NJDHSS, local and county health units, Office of Emergency Management and other public officials to develop and operate a system which will greatly facilitate the rapid identification and assessment of, and coordinated response to, public health emergencies. The ERHC was chosen as one of the 22 LINCS sites within the state in 1999; since that time ERHC has developed a Community Health Alert and Information Network (CHAIN) connecting public health departments with hospitals, laboratories, first responders and other community organizations for information sharing and response.
Public Health Medical Volunteers Needed
Volunteer health professionals and emergency services personnel are needed for potential mass prophylaxis sites. ERHC is now accepting applications.
Personal Protective Equipment
The CDC has created two online printable PDF posters for: Sequence for Donning and Removing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
The Essex Regional Health Commission LINCS (Local Information Network and Communications System) Agency is seeking to sign up public health partners such as physicians, hospitals, schools, and government agencies, for the Health Alert Network (HAN). The purpose of the HAN is to ensure that each community has rapid and timely access to emergent health information which can effectively assist the nation’s frontline defense against terrorism and other public health threats. To accomplish this, The HAN Messaging System directly and indirectly transmits Health Alerts, Advisories and Updates to various public health stake holders including those mentioned above. Most messages are sent via email, but faxing capability and some voice messaging is available as a back up or supplement.
The HAN is administered by the LINCS program, which is a statewide system that supports public health planning, coordination, surveillance and communications throughout the 21 counties in New Jersey. In 1997 the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS), in cooperation with New Jersey’s local health departments, established LINCS. This was funded with a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Twenty-two agencies strategically located throughout the State, known as LINCS Agencies, serve as regional partners with NJDHSS. In turn, those regional agencies have established local partnerships with stake holders in their respective regions. In Essex County the sponsoring agency for the LINCS program is the Essex Regional Health Commission.
For further information, you can contact the LINCS Coordinator at 973-251-2059
IT Coordinator Richard Budris monitors the ERHC network systems