Health & Medical Preparedness


The Health & Medical Preparedness Council formulates policies and resources to assist states in providing a coordinated EMS response to incidents that impact public health. The council provides technical assistance for, and representative of, state EMS officials regarding both natural and terrorist type incidents. This includes emerging infectious disease outbreaks as they relate to planning, preparedness, response and recovery; including homeland security activities..


The vision of the Health & Medical Preparedness Council is to ensure effective preparedness activities by cooperating and collaborating with our response stakeholders.


The mission of the Health & Medical Preparedness Council is to provide assistance for and representation of State EMS Officials regarding all hazards related to planning, preparedness, response and recovery, to include homeland and security activities. The Council is committed to assuring that EMS leadership is represented at these important initiatives as well as reviewing and providing input into federal plans and documents.



Karen Owens
Emergency Operations Division Director
Virginia Office of EMS

Chair Elect


Immediate Past Chair

Joe Schmider
State EMS Director
Texas Department of Health Services


Jay P. Taylor
EMS Program Manager
Pennsylvannia Department of Health

For More Information

Leslee Stein-Spencer, RN, MS
Program Manager