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People across the University of Minnesota work every day to ensure the health and safety of our campus community. Many departments provide health services, counseling, food services, housing, facilities management, environmental health, and public safety. These daily efforts prevent health problems at the individual and community level.
A health emergency is the rare situation that creates the potential for widespread illness, possibly death, among a group of people.
Examples of health emergencies:
Health emergencies are often long-term events lasting for weeks or even months. An influenza pandemic may cause significant reductions in the available workforce and threaten our entire infrastructure, causing disruptions in normal services.
The Academic Health Center Office of Emergency Response (AHC-OER) coordinates planning for and response to real or perceived health emergencies on campus. Partners from a diverse group of campus departments work together on an Operations Team assembled based on the specifics of the situation. Clinical oversight and administrative support is provided by the Public Health Officer during a health emergency. Additional resources for response are also available through the U of M Medical Reserve Corps.