U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has defined healthcare coalitions as: A collaborative network of healthcare organizations and their respective public and private sector response partners that serve as a multiagency coordinating group to assist with preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities related to healthcare organization disaster operations.
The purpose of a healthcare coalition is a healthcare system-wide approach for preparing for, responding to, and recovering from incidents that have a public health and medical impact in the short and long-term. The primary function of a healthcare coalition is sub-state regional healthcare system emergency preparedness activities involving the health and medical
members. This includes planning, organizing, equipping, training, exercises and evaluation.