Established in September 2006, with the help of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and with funding through the Federal Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), the California Association of Health Facilities' Disaster Preparedness Program (CAHF-DPP) supports the integration of Long-Term Care (LTC) into disaster planning and response efforts throughout the state of California. 

 

     CAHF's Disaster Preparedness Program is designed to take an all hazards approach and has several aspects: education, facilitation of planning efforts, development of resources and tools, and state-level advocacy for long-term care.

About CAHF-DPP

DeAnn Walters, Director of Clinical Affairs & Quality Improvement

As an administrator in long-term care for nearly two decades in California, DeAnn Walters has seen disasters affect the best intentioned organizations.  Knowing that we can never be prepared enough for the realities of a disaster, she oversees the exceptional Disaster Preparedness Program team, that is committed to protecting residents and supporting providers to be Really Ready! 

dwalters@cahf.org

Jason Belden, Disaster Preparedness Program Manager

Previously CAHF's OSHPD and Fire/Life Safety Officer, Jason Belden brings 20+ years of emergency management experience from California fire services to the Disaster Preparedness Program.  Jason has been with CAHF since 2013. 

jbelden@cahf.org

Cortney Kesterson, Disaster Preparedness Program Coordinator

Cortney Kesterson joined CAHF in August 2016, bringing with her a background in public health outreach and program management. Cortney holds a B.A. in Political Science from Cal State Fullerton, where she also interned with the City of Orange Fire Department. 

ckesterson@cahf.org

Allison Kidd, CAHF Administrative Assistant

If she isn't down at the shelter bringing joy to as many dogs as possible, Allison Kidd is livening up the Main Office! Allison joined CAHF in October 2016 and routinely assists DPP with crucial, statewide projects.

akidd@cahf.org

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Disaster Preparedness Program

California Association of Health Facilities

2201 K St, Sacramento, CA, 95816

Main Office: (916) 441-6400

Fax: (916) 441-6441

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